Sustainable Fashion
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory
Course Number: PGHT 5500
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Fashion Studies
This seminar provides a theoretical framework to think about issues of sustainability in fashion as they are articulated in our changing relations to materiality and the physical objects that surround us. Reconnecting with the materiality of clothes, as both producers and consumers, points towards a slowing down of the accelerated cycles of consumption and discard promoted by current fashion models. The seminar addresses the historically shifting meanings and values of clothes. It focuses on the way contemporary artists and designers have recuperated lost relations with the physicality of clothes through their exploration of our emotional connection to them and their ability to retain memories and histories that bind people in complex networks. The seminar provides readings that explore this counter-tendency and place it in historical and social contexts, as well as investigating the work of specific practitioners, such as fashion designers Martin Margiela and Susan Cianciolo and artist Andrea Zittel.
Open to: All university graduate degree students.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Graduate students.