Materiality of Fashion

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Materiality of Fashion

Spring 2021

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 8751

Credits: 3

Utilizing objects in Parsons’s study collection and other NYC collections, this course introduces students to object-based studies of textiles and dress. By engaging hands-on analysis of garments, students will become familiar with the vocabulary of textiles and dress, learn to identify fabrics and analyze garment construction, and develop research skills towards a historical contextualization of dress. Students will also gain basic insights into museum practice and ethics, including conservation, object handling and documentation, and catalog writing. The course situates the materiality of fashion in historical contexts and centers on the changing body-textile relationship as the key issue. We will cover materials from the eighteenth century to contemporary, with a focus on twentieth-century Western couture and ready-to-wear. East Asian materials will also be introduced to help develop a comparative and cross-cultural understanding of the materiality of dress. The course will consist of four parts. In the first section on textiles, students will learn different types of fabrics, weave structures, dyes, and printing techniques. The second part focuses on the construction of garments, introducing the processes, techniques, and concepts related to patterning, decoration, surface manipulation, opening and closure system, and structural mechanism. The third section turns to foundation garments—the understructure of fashion. The fourth theme examines ephemeral materiality, including light, sound, touch, and smell related to garments’ materials. We will also look at aspects such as damage, decay, repair, and modification, engaging recent scholarship on the material traces of body and time.

Open to: MA Fashion Studies students. Please note that some seats in this course are reserved for incoming Fashion Studies students. A basic knowledge of the timeline of fashion history is recommended.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 7, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

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: 11:42am 10/27/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/25/2021 - 5/10/2021