Critical Fashion and Social Justice

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Critical Fashion + Soc Justice

Fall 2019

Taught By: Otto von Busch

Section: A

CRN: 3117

Credits: 3

Fashion is a phenomenon that thrives on social injustice, and where there are few social differences it produces them, harvesting its energy from the frictions of social competition. The course will explore topics like the technologies of the self and cultural identity, global production and consumption, body size and regimes of asceticism, aesthetic apartheid and politics of the dressed body. Specifically the course will juxtapose the struggles of social justice with the injustices amplified by fashion to draw parallels and find new tactics for empowerment through fashion, finding ways by which fashion can mitigate injustices. This would mean to produce new forms of engagement as well as to cultivate craft capabilities - in other words, to make people fashion-able.

Open to: All university graduate degree students; undergraduate seniors by permission of instructor.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 1:18pm 10/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 500

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019