Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award


Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Sandra Hedgepeth

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks




Learning about influential events, such as World War I, that surround changes in dress can provide the context needed to understand why these changes occurred in the first place. Prior to discussing contemporary influences it is important to consider antecedent factors. While the entire history of clothing and fashion could be discussed, this work will focus on the most relevant years, the decade that preceded World War I. While this is due in part to its immediate association with the time in question this decade also marked the end of a century-long standstill in the Western fashion industry. Consequently, analyzing just this short period in history provides a depiction of fashion standards in the century before as well.