Fashion Criticism

Parsons Paris: Paris Fashion Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Fashion Criticism

Spring 2023 - Paris

Taught By: Melody Thomas

Section: PC1

CRN: 10577

Credits: 3

"This seminar investigates the history, present state, and possible futures of fashion criticism. It will start by examining English-language newspapers and magazines starting in the late 19th century, when the “women’s pages” were established. It will be particularly attuned to the ways changes in fashion criticism in the press mediated changes in women’s social roles, as evident with the change in newspaper nomenclature of fashion sections in the 1960s and 1970s from women’s pages to style sections. We will later examine the way fashion criticism gained momentum in the 1980s, while becoming legitimized as a form of cultural criticism in the 1990s. The final section will examine the way fashion criticism is being transformed by new technologies while also intervening in their development. Some of the questions we will ask are: Why has fashion criticism lagged behind other forms of popular culture criticism, such as film or music? What happened from the 1980s onwards that catalyzed an increased interest in fashion as a cultural force and its attendant forms of criticism? And finally, what forms will fashion criticism take in the future? Working fashion critics will be invited as guest speakers to share their experiences in the field.

College: Parsons Paris (CP)

Department: Paris Fashion Studies (APFS)

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: January 29, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:40pm EST 11/29/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Parsons Paris

Room: 200

Date Range: 1/17/2023 - 5/9/2023