Film & Fashion

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Film & Fashion

Fall 2020

Taught By: Marilyn Cohen

Section: A

CRN: 3399

Credits: 3

Film, whether through moving pictures or still photography, visualizes clothing. This course investigates the ways in which film expands the discourse around fashion through presentation and re-presentation. The course will concentrate on film in twentieth-century America (silents, musicals, westerns, film noir, etc.) but will also analyze fashion magazine editorials in their specific relationship, for example, to history films. What is the relationship between film and fashion? How has film affected or popularized fashion and vice versa? Do history films authenticate or fabricate the past through fashion, a past then consumed via the appropriation of historicized or vintage dress. Can fashion reveal other subjectivities? Issues of gender, race, class, sexuality and consumption naturally reverberate through costume within the various genres of film wherein characters through their dress embody different realities. In addition, the mechanics of film illuminate costume in new or modern ways, with the film close-up bringing the viewer nearer to the materiality of cloth and its expressive and semiotic content. We will read cultural theory and film theory as well as essays centered on clothing as object and practice. Students will watch a number of films throughout the semester, research a 20-page, and present their project orally to the class.Please note that some seats in this course are reserved for incoming Fashion Studies students.

Open to: All university graduate degree 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

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 11:26am 4/5/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/15/2020