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

Parsons School of Design: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Early Modern Fashion
Fall 2024
Taught By: Elizabeth Morano
Section: A

CRN: 17502

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: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th (ADHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 10:26am EDT 5/26/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/15/2024