Fashion, Identity & The Body

Parsons Paris: Paris Fashion Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Fashion, Identity & The Body

Fall 2021 - Paris

Taught By: Morna Laing and Marco Pecorari

Section: PC1

CRN: 6179

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: Paris Fashion Studies (APFS)

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 14

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 6:30am 10/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:20pm - 7:00pm

Building: Parsons Paris

Room: 302

Date Range: 9/1/2021 - 12/15/2021