Interpreting Fashion
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Fashion Studies
Course Number: PGFS 5020
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Fashion Studies
  • Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Fashion
Building on “Fashion Studies: Key Concepts” and “Fashion, History and Mediation,” completed in the first semester, this course reflects critically on empirical research as a practice and a process. Students will engage in methodologies that are employed in fashion studies and reflect on how research findings are produced and interpreted. Informed by this critical methodological analysis they will pursue their own case-studies in which they research and interpret fashion as material culture and cultural practice. Students will develop a field study of fashion and engage in intersubjective research such as observation and interviews and position their own findings in relation to the scholarly discourse of fashion studies. The aim of the course is to challenge students to advance their research and analytical skills, to cross disciplinary boundaries and to develop new and original perspectives towards future fashion research. Combined with the lecture “Fashion Cultures,” which opens up global perspectives on fashion as culture, system and industry, the course prepares students for the advanced study of fashion in the second year.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Masters degree in Fashion Studies majors only.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Fashion Studies students.