From St Louis to St Laurent

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

From St Louis to St Laurent

Fall 2019

Taught By: Elizabeth Morano

Section: A

CRN: 3400

Credits: 3

In this class we investigate the evolution of Western urban fashion in France, with particular attention to Paris as the preeminent center of its creation, production and display. We proceed chronologically, covering such topics as: the earliest developments of fashion during the thirteenth century, as represented on the façade of Chartres Cathedral and in the Ile de la Cite; the city’s sixteenth century reemergence as a center of style with the development of the Louvre and the gardens of the Tuileries; Louis XIV’s assertion of fashion as the patrimony of the French, particularly as performed at Versailles; Marie Antoinette’s doomed pursuit of privacy and fashion in the Hameau de la Reine and the shops of the Palais-Royal and Rue St Honore; Napoleon III’s modernization of the city in support of bourgeois display, including arcades, department stores, and maisons de couture; the rise and consolidation of the French designer as the source of fashion authority for much of the twentieth century, with periods of destabilization during WWII and the social upheavals of the late 1960s. Students will be required to read Nana or Ladies’ Paradise (Zola) in English translation; other readings include Sexing La Mode (Jones), The Painter of Modern Life (Baudelaire), The Fall of Public Man (Sennett), Arcades Project (Benjamin), Queen of Fashion (Weber), Paris Fashion (Steele), The Politics of Appearances (Wrigley), Accessories to Modernity (Hiner), and selections from Balzac and Flaubert. Please note that some seats in this course are reserved for incoming Fashion Studies students.

Open to: University graduate students only.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 10:10pm 2/28/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 404

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019