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Fashion and Masculinity

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Fashion and Masculinity

Fall 2019

Taught By: Sonya Abrego

Section: A

CRN: 7162

Credits: 3

This course focuses on how fashion constructs masculine identities. Merging fashion history, gender studies, film studies, and cultural history, students will become familiar with key shifts in the history of menswear from the nineteenth century to the present day, and gain the ability to contextualize them in regards to developing definitions of masculinity. Archetypes such as the cowboy, the athlete, and the dandy will be explored in regards to their lasting impact, while broader themes such as class, ethnicity, labor, and leisure will be considered in regards to how they have been articulated through dress, and represented in fashion media. The menswear market, formerly an enclave for fashion’s “hidden consumers” has, for the past five years, experienced growth outpacing that of womenswear. The goal of this class is for students to understand other significant moments of transition in men’s fashion, and gain the ability to utilize and synthesize critical scholarly perspectives towards an informed understanding. Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshmen and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

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: 8:26pm 9/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1001

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019