Fashion Criticism: Past, Present and Future

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Fashion Criticism

Fall 2021

Taught By: Francesca Granata

Section: A

CRN: 12061

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 fashion criticism mediated shifting gender roles as well as shifting understandings of race, as evident with the change in newspaper nomenclature of fashion sections in the 1960s and 1970s from women’s pages to style sections and the expansion of the Black fashion press in the same period. 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? We will read primary texts from a range of media sources and critics from Oscar Wilde to Robin Givhan, concomitantly with theoretical approaches to the study of media and fashion media in particular, from Andreas Hepp’s on mediatization to Agnès Rocamora’s writings on “fashion media discourse.”

Open to: University graduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

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: Waitlist*

* 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: 12:52pm 7/24/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1009

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021