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The new programme is launched with a course on how to interpret fashion
The new programme is launched with a course on how to interpret fashion

Internal News - 28 February 2006

Spring programme of local day-courses launched

A new series of local day-courses has been launched by the University of Bath. The courses, which run on weekends during March and May, cover a huge range of creative and academic interests, including courses on creative writing, beadwork, philosophy and life drawing.

The first in the series, Charisma Clothing, encourages people to take a fresh look at fashion (Saturday 4 March). Geraldine Marchand, a teacher and illustrator, will consider how people have used fashion through the ages to build their confidence, create the right impression and reflect the times they live in.

Ms Marchand said: “Some people have inherited status, others seek to achieve it through dress, and contemporaries and the media are always on hand to pass comment. We will be looking at the way fashion and fabrics are used to make a statement and how people react.

The topics covered will be illustrated by slides of the leaders and followers of fashion, from models, to royalty and Oscar winners. People attending are encouraged to bring in their own quotes and pictures that raise questions about the clothes, the wearer and the way it is written about.

Ms Marchand is a teacher and illustrator who trained at Hornsey College of Art in London and studied ceramics in Tehran. She worked in teaching and advertising in London, and then taught and worked at the Museum of Costume in Bath.

The course, which costs £27.50, will run from 10am-4pm on Saturday 4 March in Carpenter House, Broad Quay, Bath.

For more information on this or any of the courses, or to request a copy of the prospectus, please contact the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Bath on 01225 388703 or email