Fashion, Identity & The Body

Parsons Paris: Parsons Paris

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Fashion, Identity & The Body
Spring 2024
Taught By: Morna Laing
Section: PC1

CRN: 14201

Credits: 3

Fashion is a phenomenon that has always defined the body and its understanding in society. Sizing, pattern making and representation of bodies in fashion media are only few of the fashion industry’s practices that have informed the formation of our own identity. While the perception of our bodies is affected by the construction of beauty ideals and the disciplinization of bodies, ‘dressed bodies’ are also tools affecting the ways in which the social world and power relations are organised and structured. This course explores these cultural relationships, investigating it from different theoretical perspective: from gender and queer studies to postcolonial and affect theory. Students will explore how bodies are constructed in fashion, studying different representations and ideals of beauty, design practices, forms of discrimination and empowerment of bodies in image-making during the XX and XXI century. By looking at different fashion media, this course also explores how ideals of body (normative and non-normative) and body practices (dieting, plastic surgery for example) are culturally constructed, specifically investigating how fashion images have informed ideals of beauty, gender, race and size in our society.

College: Parsons Paris (CP)

Department: Parsons Paris (PPAR)

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 17

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

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 18, 2024 (Thursday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 4:44am EDT 4/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 12:30pm - 3:10pm
Building: Parsons Paris
Room: 302
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 3/11/2024
Days: Monday
Times: 3:25pm - 6:05pm
Building: Parsons Paris
Room: 302
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 2/26/2024
Days: Friday
Times: 9:00am - 9:10am
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 5/17/2024 - 5/17/2024