Materialism and Modernity: Fashion in the Culture Industry

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Materialism and Modernity

Spring 2018

Taught By: Ulrich Lehmann

Section: A

CRN: 4324

Credits: 3

Fashion is supremely materialistic in the concrete as well as metaphorical sense. It defines movements, styles and trends through the consumption of commodities. It objectifies our visions about identity and belonging; it reifies the imagination of how we see ourselves, and swamps us with stuff that envelops our body and defines our intimacy as much as our social status. Equally, fashion challenges the way in which we make things and what we think of as necessity at any given point in time. It constantly revolutionises production, thereby altering social conditions and creating new dependencies. The Fashion System reacts quicker than any other part of the culture industry to changing economic, political and cultural circumstances and readily embraces novelty in its technological and material facilities for producing goods. It gives form to our desires as much through the latest stuff with which we surround ourselves as through new forms of manual and intellectual labour. Through a series of seminars, visits to studios and sites of production, the course establishes critical parallels and contrasts between the creation of fashion, its socio-economic meaning and its forms of production. Readings include historical and contextual material from Karl Marx, Henri Lefebvre and Jean Baudrillard; studies on producers like Bonotto or Bottega Veneta, design work by Carol Christian Poell, Eckhaus Latta or Dior, and contemporary artists like Daniel Buren or Sterling Ruby.

Open to: University graduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 11:58am 6/21/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 3:50pm - 5:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 518

Date Range: 1/23/2018 - 5/8/2018