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Lesson 3: Fashion Icons
Gabrielle was the designer who created the little black dress.

I can read about and understand a famous person's life.

INTRODUCE

Many people go to exhibits to learn more about a famous person’s life.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

establish [thing]

invent [thing]

create [thing]

make [person/thing] famous

change [person]’s life

inspire [person]

II. Which of the things above does each person do? Choose one or two for each person.

  • teacher

  • designer

  • politician

III. Practice reading the words.

/k/

/g/

create

great

cover

govern

clamor

glamor

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use who and that to give more information about a person or thing.

Use who with people.

  • Regina Page is the woman who established the brand.
  • Gerald Conway is the man who changed her life.

Use that with things.

  • It’s the style that made her famous.
  • Pink is the color that she used the most.

UNDERSTAND

READING

Kana decided to go to the fashion exhibit that Henri suggested. She’s reading a display at the entrance of the exhibit.

Gabrielle C. is one of the most famous French designers of all time. Gabrielle was born to a poor family, but when she was in her 20s, she dated a very rich man. Together, they attended parties that inspired Gabrielle to create beautiful clothes.

Gabrielle was the designer who created the little black dress. The design was new because at that time, women usually wore longer dresses with corsets. Her shorter, more comfortable dresses were much easier to wear. She also made pants popular for women.

Gabrielle’s designs were good for women who had jobs. Her designs changed women’s lives all over the world.

TRIVIA

Many katakana clothing words in Japanese are actually wasei-eigo and have different meanings in English. For example, one piece (ワンピース) is a type of bathing suit, and muffler (マフラー) is a car part. The correct words in English are dress and scarf.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Are the underlined parts grammatically correct? If not, correct them.

  1. Lisa Martinez is the person that invented the A-line dress.
  2. Modeling was the hobby who changed my life.
  3. Mikey Welsh was the person who inspired men to wear eyeliner.
  4. She was the model that made the happi coat famous outside of Japan.
  5. Living in Paris was the book that changed my life.

STEP B EXERCISE

Combine the sentences with that or who.

ex. Rachel is an actress. She made this haircut famous. → Rachel is the actress who made this haircut famous.

 

  1. She is a designer. She established Danielle’s Boutique.
  1. Photography is a job. It made me famous in Japan.
  1. I Can is a TV show. It made me want to be a model.
  1. He is a fashion magazine editor. He invented the phrase tiffany blue.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You have a new friend who loves fashion.


Read an online article about a famous French photographer. Then, meet your friend for lunch and talk about the article.

Today's grammar tip

  • that
  • who

 

World-famous model Carina Bonnet posing for Niel Baker’s high fashion photography.

 


NIEL BAKER


 

Niel Baker is a French fashion photographer who is admired around the world. He is known for his creative photoshoots.

Born in Corsica, Baker opened his first studio in 1997. He has worked with the world’s most famous fashion models and popular fashion magazines. His original high fashion photography ideas inspired many people around the world. In 2016, Baker wrote and released his first book on fashion photography, The Art of Fashion and Photography.

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

FASHION ICONS

2

FAMOUS PEOPLE

3

EXHIBITS

1

FASHION ICONS

  1. What type of people are usually fashionable (ex. models, celebrities)?
  2. How do fashion icons become popular (ex. TV, social media)?
  3. Do you have a personal fashion icon?
  4. Have you ever copied a fashion icon's style?

2FAMOUS PEOPLE

  1. In Japan, who is really famous?
  2. Why did he/she become famous?
  3. Do you want to be famous?
  4. What do you want to be famous for (ex. acting, inventing something)?

3EXHIBITS

  1. Do you like to go to exhibits?
  2. What kinds of exhibits are you interested in (ex. art, historical)?
  3. How much do exhibits usually cost in Japan?
  4. Do you think exhibits should be free?

FEEDBACK

I can read about and understand a famous person's life.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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