Fashion and Celebrity Culture
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLFS 2006
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Fashion Studies
  • Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
Andy Warhol’s maxim that “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” couldn’t ring more true than today, but the origins of celebrity culture are deeper than we imagine. This course focuses on both contemporary and historical “star studies” in order to understand our cultural fascination with media figures. We address such topics as myth-making, glamour, notoriety, tabloid and gossip culture, reality and makeover television, and the role of social media in mediating identities by consulting a variety of “star texts:” images, advertisements, fashion editorials, music videos, films, and museum exhibitions all figure into our analysis. Through case studies of prominent actors, designers, and socialites, we will consider who benefits from our celebrity culture and how fashion and image play a role in constructing our understanding of celebrities. Students will explore topics through critical analysis and a final project involving research of a facet of celebrity culture.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
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.