Fashion Criticism

Parsons Paris: Parsons Paris

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Fashion Criticism
Spring 2024
Taught By: Melody Thomas
Section: PC1

CRN: 14200

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: Parsons Paris (PPAR)

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 18, 2024 (Thursday)

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: 10:22am EST 12/4/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: Parsons Paris
Room: 200
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/14/2024