Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Fall 2019

Taught By: Christina Moon

Section: A

CRN: 5578

Credits: 3

Over the past twenty years, the U.S. fashion industry has undergone a profound and baffling transformation. What used to be a stable three-month production cycle—the time it takes to design, manufacture, and distribute clothing to stores, in an extraordinary globe-spanning process—has collapsed, across much of the industry, to just two weeks. Popularly known as “fast fashion,” this trend in clothing has powerfully upended global fashion systems, supply chains, factory production, and retail structures around the world, fueling the production and consumption of clothing in quick timing and on mass scales never experienced before. Why has this emerged and what are its consequences? Who makes and consumes this clothing? Fast-fashion encapsulates and theorizes notions of time from its wearing, making, and disposal. It can reflect such fascinating amalgamations of design practice, materials, technical skill, handicraft technique, mass-scale labor practices, and use of advanced technologies. Yet it also brings about heated, moral debates on questions/concepts of slow, heritage, quality, cheap, craft, artisanal, creative, innovative, sustainable, transparent, authentic, fake and copy. Fast-fashion’s ephemeral and precarious nature requires us to have a ‘look around’ and truly understand what we are wearing. We will explore the ‘capitalist ruins’ of global garment production as well as new possibilities for innovation and collaboration.

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 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

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: 12:10pm 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1106

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