Fashion and the Body
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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 4007
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Fashion Studies
  • Cultural Studies
As fashion studies scholar Joanne Entwistle (2000b: 327) argues, “dress works on the body, imbuing it with social meaning, while the body is a dynamic field that gives life and fullness to dress.” This relationship between fashion, the body, and society finds unique expression in celebrity culture, a “dynamic field” that operates as a source for the negotiation of personality and identity in contemporary society. More importantly, images of the celebrity body are a key site for the mediation and consumption of social norms regarding the dressed body. This course will investigate the celebrity body as “a genre of representation and a discursive effect… a commodity […and] cultural formation” (Turner 2004: 9), in an attempt to uncover how these bodies produce meaning in this particular cultural moment. It will draw upon multiple theoretical and methodological approaches from the fields of media, fashion, and celebrity studies to better understand the fashioned celebrity body as a lens through which themes of structure, agency, representation, identity, and resistance can be explored.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.


Open to Undergraduate students.