Are women also attracted to femininity

Femininity and masculinity on the stage of time

26 February 2019, 10:50

target group

Secondary level 1 | Secondary level 2


Art education | Gender & Diversity | History and Political Education | Technical and textile work


Accessories | Tightening | Fashion | Image of women | Secret of fashion | Gender | Gender | Clothes | Masculinity | Fashion | Uniforms | femininity


Femininity and masculinity on the stage of time

From day to day | 05/05/2015


Johann Kneihs


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Youtube Court fashion and its influence on Chanel and Dior: An exhibition in Versailles (approx. 4 minutes)

Youtube - 100 Years of Fashion (approx. 3 minutes)


learning goals

Schoolchildren can

  • Describe fashionable manifestations and styles in their historical context
  • deal responsibly with images on the Internet
  • Recognize gender roles and gender relations in the course of history and reflect on their potential changeability
  • Design content using information technology

The interactive platform enables the individual design of multimedia posters with the help of various types of media such as videos, audio files, photos or animations. This enables pupils to implement their ideas creatively and learn not only the necessary information but also the sensible use of information technology.

The topic of the program is particularly well suited for a visual preparation. The pupils learn to work out a well-defined subject area themselves and to collect and structure the necessary images and information. In this way, they can independently create intellectual connections between fashionable forms of appearance and social power relations and reflect on their own clothing habits and the current fashion styles of their time.

An alternative is the free Adobe Spark Page tool.


It is best for the pupils to listen to the program at home (flipped classroom). The teacher can use this activity in their lessons either on the basis of a specific historical epoch (different social classes or groups) or address the topic of fashion over time.

1. Entry

After the students have briefly summarized the program, the teacher introduces them to the multimedia tool (or Adobe Spark) and describes the goal of the lesson.

Duration: approx. 10 minutes

2. Active work phase

In groups of two or three, the students work on various assignments. These contain very specifically the visual and thematic content of the multimedia posters or presentations. These are shown:

One man and one woman each in a certain clothing that “go together” in a certain way, for example:

a) Dresses from different historical epochs and for different occasions (e.g. wedding, job, leisure time)
b) Dresses from a specific historical epoch, but from different social classes or social classes

In addition, the following questions are worked out and answered:

What is the name of the robe and are there specific names for the garments?
On what occasions are they worn?
Who are they worn by?
Your own thoughts and feelings are formulated for the robes and the individual items of clothing. B.

How does it feel to wear these clothes? Are they comfortable or not?
Do you perceive the clothes as “typically female” or “typically male”? What are the reasons?
Can you imagine wearing such clothes yourself? Why or why not?

To do this, the students research the Internet for suitable photos and information, observing legal restrictions (copyright, license) and aesthetic criteria.

Duration: 30 minutes to 50 minutes

3. Discussion and reflection

The pupils show their results on the projector and make them digitally available to their classmates (Moodle, Cloud, etc.).

Duration: approx. 30 to 50 minutes (depending on the size of the study group)



Direct link to the multimedia presentation (created using Adobe Spark):

Fashion history:

Freely usable images can be found on or on Young people should always be careful to indicate their sources.


100 years of fashion history 3:08
Coco Chanel - From the poor house to the style icon 7:07

Ö1 macht Schule is a joint project of Ö1, the Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research - BMBWF and Vienna University of Education - PH Vienna

This learning material was created by the "Ö1 macht Schule" team and is available free of charge under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.