Film & Fashion
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGHT 5520
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Fashion Studies
  • Film
  • Fashion
Film, whether through moving pictures or still photography, visualizes clothing. This course investigates the ways in which film expands the discourse around fashion through presentation and re-presentation. The course will concentrate on film in twentieth-century America (silents, musicals, westerns, film noir, etc.) but will also analyze fashion magazine editorials in their specific relationship, for example, to history films. What is the relationship between film and fashion? How has film affected or popularized fashion and vice versa? Do history films authenticate or fabricate the past through fashion, a past then consumed via the appropriation of historicized or vintage dress. Can fashion reveal other subjectivities? Issues of gender, race, class, sexuality and consumption naturally reverberate through costume within the various genres of film wherein characters through their dress embody different realities. In addition, the mechanics of film illuminate costume in new or modern ways, with the film close-up bringing the viewer nearer to the materiality of cloth and its expressive and semiotic content. We will read cultural theory and film theory as well as essays centered on clothing as object and practice. Students will watch a number of films throughout the semester, research a 20-page, and present their project orally to the class.
Open to: All university graduate degree students.
Course Open to: Degree Students