Historical is a genre that features a story set in a past time and place. Sometimes historical dramas are based on real life, as a way of exploring what happened and why, but sometimes they are completely fictitious, an imagining of what could have taken place in that certain time and place. Historical drama allows us to explore the lives of people we don’t know anything about or of re-represent people's stories. It can give us a greater insight to what came before us, and why we are the way we are. We like to watch historical fiction so we can see the houses people used to live in, and the clothes they used to wear.

Why do we study history?

We study history because it allows us to learn about the past, understand the present, and predict the future. We study history to learn why the world is the way it is today. People tend to say that ‘history repeats itself’, but by studying history and seeing how it affected society we can learn from the failures to avoid repeating them in the future.

What is a period drama?

A period drama also known as a period film, costume drama, or heritage film is a production set in an earlier time period. Historical period dramas may include other genres like historical fiction, romances, and adventure. The time in which a period drama is set in can be as general as the 18th century, Middle Ages, or Roaring Twenties. A period drama can include references to specific events, but is generally focused on fictitious story.

What is historical fiction?

A historical fiction is a genre in which the plot takes place in the past. Historical fictions are also referred to as historical novels. The main elements of historical fictions are that they are set in the past and pay attention to the social manners, social conditions, and other details of the period it is set in. Historical fiction is often criticized for lack of authenticity because of the expectation for accurate period details.

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Le Corbusier
Set of illustrations of Le Corbusier in various poses dimensioned with overall height

Le Corbusier had a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Drawings of Le Corbusier in a range of casual poses from standing to sitting

Le Corbusier had a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Drawings of Le Corbusier in a range of casual poses from standing to sitting
Le Corbusier
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Death: August 27, 1965 (aged 77)

Birthday
October 6, 1887

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Le Corbusier front, side, side (walking), side (casual, beach), back (nude), front (sitting)

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James Dean
Set of illustrations of James Dean in various poses measured with overall height

James Dean was a Hollywood film actor. Born in Indiana in 1933, but moving to California at the age of five. He starred in a number of well known films, including Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, and Giant. He became known for his brooding good looks and bad boy vibes. He often played a young rebel, bored with the monotony of everyday life, and seeking new thrills. James Dean was killed in a car crash at the age of 24. He became a symbol of the confused, restless and wild youth of the 1950s.

James Dean was 5 foot 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.

James Dean was a Hollywood film actor. James was known for his brooding good looks and bad boy vibes. He often played a young rebel, bored with the monotony of life. James Dean was killed in a car crash at the age of 24. He became a symbol of the confused, restless and wild youth of the 1950s.

James Dean was 5 foot 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.

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February 8, 1931

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James Dean front, side, walking (front)

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Coco Chanel
Set of illustrations of Coco Chanel in various poses dimensioned with overall height

Coco Chanel, Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel, was born on August 19, 1883 and is a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She is the founder of the famous fashion brand, Chanel. She is given credit for removing the corset silhouette after World War I, and providing a casual feminine style for women. Coco Chanel developed designs beyond clothing and also created jewelry, handbags, and fragrances. Chanel was placed in Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century. She designed the double-c logo that is synonymous of the Chanel brand. Coco Chanel died on January 10, 1971 at the age of 87.

Coco Chanel had a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Coco Chanel, Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel, was born on August 19, 1883 and is a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She is the founder of the famous fashion brand, Chanel. She is given credit for removing the corset silhouette after World War I, and providing a casual feminine style.

Coco Chanel had a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

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Died: January 10, 1971

Birthday
August 19, 1883

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Coco Chanel front, side, side (walking)

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Frank Lloyd Wright
Collection of drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright measured with overall height

Frank Lloyd Wright had a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright in a range of positions including walking and pointing

Frank Lloyd Wright had a height of 5’7” (1.70 m).

Drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright in a range of positions including walking and pointing
Frank Lloyd Wright
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Death: April 9, 1959 (aged 91)

Birthday
June 8, 1867

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Frank Lloyd Wright front, side, back, side (walking), side (pointing), side (pointing, cane)

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Elizabeth Taylor
Collection of drawings of Elizabeth Taylor in various poses measured with overall height

Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most popular film stars of 1950s Hollywood. Born in London to American parents, she moved with her family in 1939 to Los Angeles. She began acting, and rose to fame in the films Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, and Suddenly Last Summer. She was offered $1 million dollars (a record for the time) to star in Cleopatra, opposite Richard Burton. They began an affair during filming, and subsequently married, divorced, married and divorced again. They are considered a great love story. Elizabeth Taylor was married seven times. She died, aged 79, in 2011 in California.

Elizabeth Taylor was 5 foot 2 inches (1.57 m) tall.

Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most popular film stars of 1950s Hollywood. She began acting, and rose to fame in the films Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, and Suddenly Last Summer. She died, aged 79, in 2011 in California.

Elizabeth Taylor was 5 foot 2 inches (1.57 m) tall.

Elizabeth Taylor
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February 27, 1932

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Elizabeth Taylor front, posing (side), side (casual)

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