Fat Fashion: Fashion Design for Large Bodies

Parsons School of Design: School of Fashion

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Majors Only
Fat Fashion
Spring 2024
Taught By: Leila Kelleher
Section: A

CRN: 13885

Credits: 3

This course honors the work of fat activists by intentionally reclaiming the word “fat” as a celebration of larger bodies. Students are introduced to concepts from the field of Fat Studies as lenses to inform their fashion design practices. They critically explore how current ‘plus-size’ clothing design, marketing, and retail reinforces fat stigma and fatphobia. Students also examine how fashion design can reframe cultural attitudes about fat, and everyday lived experiences of fat people. Drawing from Fat Studies concepts, students develop fashion design practices that center fat bodies as the starting point in the design process and as aesthetic inspiration. Through an iterative and experimental process, students will prototype a fat fashion garment that not only comfortably fits the body, but that also addresses a wearer’s intersectional identities. Students will learn how to design clothes that value and desire fat bodies and will develop a personal framework for Fat-Centered Design.

Open to: BFA and AAS Fashion Design majors only. Pre-requisite(s): PUFD 2240 Creative Technical Studio 1 or PAFD 1110 Technical Studio.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Fashion (SOF)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 1:54am EDT 5/25/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 402
Date Range: 1/25/2024 - 5/9/2024