Futurism and Fashion
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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 3124
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
- Fashion Studies
- Cultural Studies
The future is not a time but a place. Futurism in fashion necessarily posits a potential environment in which dress can mediate between body and imagined space. This class will attempt to create a “map” of that place, with locations ranging from Utopia to Dystopia to The Metropolis. Utopia, as explored by the painters of the late 19th century, transforms 20th century dress. Their Utopia then meets with The Metropolis in the fashion theories of early twentieth century avant-garde artists and the dream of The Metropolis is fully realized in the work of mid-20th century functionalist fashion designers. 1960s designers reimagine pure Utopic dress through the dream of space travel, but by the 1970s, a vision of Dystopia emerges and articulates a hostile future that has shaped fashion toward the end of the twentieth century. Far from an isolated impulse, futurism is central to the practice of fashion. Pathway: Fashion Studies
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: 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.