Using Emile Zola’s story “The Ladies’ Paradise” (which highlights one
of the first department stores in the late 1870s/early 1880s), faculty were
challenged to design and integrate an assignment inspired by the story into one
of their Spring 2014 classes.
Janet Blood’s project design was integrated into
FSMR 456: Historic Costume. Student groups were charged to design
a department store for a specific costume period (such as Egyptian, Roman,
Byzantine, etc.) as if they were living in that time period.
Group members then
assumed individual roles within their store including Men’s and Women’s
Merchandise Buyers, Visual Merchandiser, and Promotions Specialist.
— Human Development and Environmental Studies