Fashion and Architecture
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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 5551
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
- Fashion Studies
This seminar explores the relationship between architecture and fashion in the modern period and contemporary periods. They will be our touchstones for discussing ideas about fashionability, sociability, and modes of display in sources including literature, films, exhibitions, and magazines. Through an investigation of case studies we will uncover the cultural-political aesthetics of different eras, and examine relationships between specific artists, architects, patrons, and designers. Topics will include: the erotics of seduction through adornment and decoration in eighteenth-century French libertine novellas and architectural treatises; modalities of vulgarity in architecture and dress in Second Empire Paris; the shared sensibility between fashion, shelter, and travel magazines and the ideologies of beauty and cults of personality they espoused in mid-century modern America; the politics of punk in the '80s Eastern Block; and the role fashion plays in processes of urban gentrification and reification.
Open to: All university graduate degree students
Open to Graduate students.