Costume Design and History

Parsons School of Design: Fashion

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Costume Design: 1700 to Today

Spring 2021

Taught By: Mimi Maxmen

Section: A

CRN: 6165

Credits: 3

In this course students will develop the knowledge and skills learned in Introduction to Costume Design: Egypt to Molière, in the execution of more advanced projects for live and filmed performance. The primary focus of the course will be character analysis, exploring how character and story are revealed through clothing choices. The historical focus of the course will be the 18th to the 21st century. We will examine historical costume design as well as modern recreations of period costume in the context of a staged production. Students will design 4 projects. Two will add scenic elements. One will be a dance piece. Working from a film script, one project will involve designing a wardrobe for 4 characters. Gender fluid and non-traditional casting will be a feature of at least 1 project. Guest lecturers will include working designers, directors, choreographers. In addition, the course will discuss costume-related jobs and introduce students to non-design aspects of costume production. These include education and training, jobs, working as a member of a team, resources (fabric, shoes, wigs, etc.), building a portfolio and resume, and the business of costume design: making a budget, agents, contracts, fees, unions and guilds. The semester’s projects will result in a professional portfolio students can use for school and job interviews.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Fashion (PSOF)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 12:01pm 10/27/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021