19th Century Dress & Society

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

19th Century Dress & Society

Spring 2020

Taught By: Elizabeth Morano

Section: A

CRN: 5367

Credits: 3

The political and industrial revolutions of the early 19th century and their concomitant restructuring of society created profound changes in the style, production, consumption and representation of fashion. Our exploration of the resulting modern practices and attitudes towards dress and the body include the redefinition of masculinity through dandy style, the evolution of the female ideal from the Cult of True Womanhood to the celebrity courtesan (and the role of the corset), and the creation of the designer- centered modern fashion system. Though we focus primarily on Paris as the model modern city of spectacle and shopping, we also experience 19th century spaces of New York City, such as Merchant’s House and Ladies’ Mile. Readings include the works of Balzac, Zola and Baudelaire, Benjamin’s The Arcades Project, Hiner’s Accessories to Modernity, Steele’s Fashion and Eroticism, and Hollander’s Sex & Suits.

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. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor. 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: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (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: 3:11pm 2/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 704

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/6/2020