Fashion history. Why is it important, and why should we study it? Because fashion is not an island; it’s a response. It’s a response to what is happening in the world that creates it, so there are reasons why people in the past wore what they did. There are reasons why fashion changed so quickly in the 20th Century but took four thousand years to change in Ancient Egypt. There are reasons why hemlines rose in the Twenties, fell in the Thirties, and rose again in the Forties. There are reasons why Elizabethan men wore earrings, why Victorian men wore top hats, why Regency women wore white, and why fashion in the Swinging Sixties swung. By taking us on a colorful journey through six historic eras, fashion historian Amanda Hallay will demonstrate how fashion was a direct response to the socio-economic, political, and cultural landscape, and why fashion history is one of the most telling optics through which to study the people of the past.