Fashion and the Body
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory
Course Number: PGHT 5544
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Fashion Studies
As Joanne Entwistle explains, ‘fashion is about bodies: it is produced, promoted and worn by bodies’ (2000: 1). This course takes a cultural studies approach to analyzing the relationship between fashion and the body, exploring how the two objects are represented within popular cultural texts and reproduced and/or subverted through dress practices. Among other questions, it asks: How do fashion media images contribute to the racialization of the body? To what extent does the fashion media produce an ideal of beauty that excludes ageing bodies? How do our dress practices reproduce gender and class norms? How does plastic surgery reproduce social norms of ideal beauty, and how is it a means through which people can engage in acts of individual self-creation? How can we use queer theory to problematize the regulatory frameworks that control the body? And, how is the abject body a transgressive body?
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
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Open to: All university graduate degree students