Fashioning Social Movements
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLFS 2004
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
- Fashion Studies
This course will explore how fashion and dress practices play a role in major social movements through readings and discussions that will examine how the body and dress are used to pursue social change. Beginning with the rejection of bourgeois dress following the French revolution, this course will examine the clothing in such occurrences as women’s suffrage, the Harlem renaissance, the civil rights movement, the gay rights movement, the anti-war protest of the 1970s, the emergence of hip-hop culture, Occupy Wall Street, the Slut Walks and numerous other historical and contemporary events. As this course explores the body’s use as social capital, it will consider the rise of visual culture and the influence of surveillance. This course will examine social movements through a new lens as it takes into account the importance of bodies and the significance and power of the clothes being worn. Pathways: Fashion Studies
Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman, and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.
Open to Undergraduate students.