Academic Catalog 2022–2023

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FAS372 Fashion History and Theory II

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces students to the multidisciplinary field of Fashion Studies that accompanied the expansion of the fashion industry globally. The course addresses the theoretical aspects of fashion design in relation to culture and society and in light of emerging issues affecting design. The course is based on theoretical lectures and readings of key texts by art historians, cultural and social critics; examining reflections on fashion design in a critical way. The course centers on material culture with visual artifacts as reflective of personal, social and political contexts of interpretation. Students engage with the analytical, rhetorical, written and presentation skills necessary for meaningful personal research and further employ inter-disciplinary strategies that define philosophy and visual identity. Class sessions will include seminar-type discussions around specific themes such as the modern body, contemporary representations, fashion and gender, fashion and identity, cultural constraints, among other thematic ideas to encourage students to articulate a personal position towards issues of contemporary relevance.

Pre-Requisite: FAS371

Note: This course has not been taught since Fall 2020 and will not be taught in the academic year 2022-2023.