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Gustavus J-Term 2021: En Vogue: Exploring Modern Costuming through an Historical Lens in London
London, United Kingdom; Saint Peter, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: January Interim
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January Interim 2021 06/01/2020 06/01/2020 12/28/2020 01/26/2021
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January Interim
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2.50 Program Design: Faculty led
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Learn about costume and fashion in a cosmopolitan city steeped in history

  • Visit London through historical fashion at museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Fashion and Textile Museum, and the Museum of London
  • Get backstage tours of some of the city’s most popular theatres
  • See live performances at famous theatres such as the Royal Opera House and The Globe
  • Learn hands-on costuming techniques at Gustavus in the Theatre and Dance Department’s Costume Shop
  • Ring in the New Year in London
  • Satisfy one of the two IEX requirements.
Royal Opera
Explore London! View the city through fashion, from historical to modern, and how it is reflected in theatrical costuming. World famous museums will offer amazing opportunities to see and learn about historically accurate clothing. Through backstage tours of renowned theaters and live performances, you will see how historical fashion is adapted for theatrical purposes.
After returning from London, you will get the opportunity to apply what you observed by spending two weeks creating costumes and learning hands-on techniques for the upcoming Theatre and Dance production. 

The program will take place in London, England, and then return to campus in Saint Peter for a hands-on experience in costume making.
Sites in London:
  • The School of Historical Dress offers a unique opportunity to see historical garments in detail.
  • The Royal Opera House has multiple types of productions and appeals to many interests.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – it’s Shakespeare!
  • Sir John Soane’s Museum – up close and personal with museum items
  • Fashion and Textile Museum – fashion and textiles from many periods of history
  • Victoria and Albert Museum – exhibits of modern and period garments
  • The White Tower – period arms and armory including those worn by kings
  • The British Museum – has over 8 million objects in their collection with 1% on display and is one of the largest museums in the world and with this museum there is a more global exposure
Fashion at Victoria and Albert
Academic Calendar
Expected dates
Fall 2020 TBD: orientation meetings on campus. Please contact Prof. McConnell if you will be studying away in the fall.
Study away arrival date: December 28, 2020
Study away return date: January 9, 2021
On-campus dates: January 9-26, 2021 - please note that the on-campus portion of the course is mandatory to participate in the study away portion of the course.

Faculty Leader
McConnellLarissa McConnell, Theatre and Dance 
Larissa McConnell is the Costume Design and Technology Instructor and fell in love with costuming while in a medieval reenactment club. She has been creating costumes and art for years now and has dreamed of visiting London so she can see historical fashions in person, really get the details of the time periods, see more theatre, and just immerse herself in everything fashion and costuming. She is originally from Buffalo, New York, studied Earth Science and then Costuming at SUNY Fredonia, and then Costuming in graduate school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After grad school she made her way to Gustavus where she has been teaching since 2010. She lives in St. Peter with her husband and two quirky cats.

Anticipated accommodations will include youth hostels or student apartments.

Program Costs
The final program fee will be between $4,200 and $5,200, depending on final enrollment. The fee will cover roundtrip flights from Minneapolis to London; all lodging and local transportation in London; two meals per day; supplemental travel accident and sickness insurance; and instruction, guides, activities, entrance fees and excursions. Students should budget an additional $200 to $300 for one meal per day and personal expenses.

Costume at Victoria and Albert
All Gustavus Adolphus College students who meet the general study away requirements are welcome to apply. 

Application Deadline
Students must complete the online application by June 1, 2020. 

Entry visas and passports
U.S. citizens are allowed visa free visits of up to 90 days in the United Kingdom. All students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Bryan Messerly about possible additional visa needs. All program participants must have a passport that is valid through at least July 31, 2021, by the start of Fall 2020 semester.
The information in this online brochure is subject to change. Please contact CICE with questions.
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