Death of Cool: Subculture and Fashion

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Death of Cool

Spring 2023

Taught By: Jessica Glasscock

Section: A

CRN: 1681

Credits: 3

With beginnings in the avant-garde art world and African-American minstrelsy, the consumption of subculture has been a driving force in fashion since the 19th century. This course will examine the interaction between fashion and subculture from its early modern origins into the advent of the ever-multiplying streetstyle tribes of the late 20th century. Topics to be covered include the bohemian artists of the late 19th century, and the rise of African-American subculture as exemplified by jazz and the Zoot Suiter. In the second half of the twentieth century, the chemical aesthetics of the psychedelic hippie movement of the 1960s and the apocalypse of punk in the 1970s will be examined as both subcultural expression and fashion inspiration. Through readings of primary texts and critical theory and the viewing of exploitative and documentary film, the relationship between mainstream fashion and the culture of "cool" will be explored. Pathway: Fashion Studies

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: 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)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 7:28pm EST 11/29/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 1011

Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023