PGHT

5543

Fashion Practices

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Fashion Practices

Fall 2019

Taught By: Hazel Clark and Alla Eizenberg

Section: A

CRN: 2852

Credits: 3

Looking at fashion in the context of creative industries, this class will focus on the complexity of the term “cultural production” and practices that constitute fashion phenomenon, focusing particularly on the tensions hidden in the interactions between garment-making processes, designers’ aspirations, and neoliberal economy dominating Western society. The relations between those notions will be explored through the analysis of the material, cultural, and political aspects of creative practices, production, and consumption of fashion. The first part of the course will be dedicated to the understanding of the maker’s/ designer’s perspectives on clothing design and making processes, and how those construct, foster and impact the meaning and value of the final products. In the second part of the semester we will examine those practices in regard to the capitalist economic model, the structure of the means of production and the neoliberal mode of Western societies, delving into the question — what is produced by the culture industry that is fashion? Also under consideration will be questions of whether the fashion industry produces cultural value, satisfies financial interests of power structures, or empowers individual agency?

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

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: 12:32pm 3/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019