Men in Tights: Western Fashion from the Renaissance to the Revolution

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Men in Tights

Fall 2021

Taught By: Elizabeth Morano

Section: A

CRN: 8988

Credits: 3

This course traces the evolution of Western urban fashion, from its creation in the fourteenth century through the early stages of industrialization, focusing on the development of fashion as a contested area of social and self-identification. Issues to be closely examined include gender and political expression -- though initially a masculine gamble, fashion is defined as feminine and French by the end of this period -- as well as how dress defines morality and purity (including health, hygiene, and manners), the impact of technological innovations, the structure of labor (with particular focus on gender) and the influence of court and celebrity. For this early period, we rely on the primary sources of painting and sculpture, manuscripts and literature, dance and drama, always considering and grappling with the relationship between dress and art, and with critical reflection on the nature and study of fashion and its history. Readings include work by Norbert Elias, Susan Vincent and Jennifer Jones. Pathway: Fashion Studies

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 6:35pm 10/25/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 910

Date Range: 9/3/2021 - 12/17/2021