Visual Arts and Film Studies
Art and Fashion
Essay: 2000 words
Choose ONE Essay Topic:
1. Discuss the significance of ‘Orientalism’ in the haute couture designs of Paul Poiret and include some
reference to relevant art works from the same period leading up to World War One.
2. How were elements of Surrealism and notions of femininity significant in fashion designs by Elsa
Schiaparelli in the 1920s and 1930s?
3. Surrealist artists often used or referred to ‘Mannequins’ in their artworks. Provide examples and analyse how these particular works commented on art, fashion and
notions of femininity in the 1930s.