Summer 15 (10 week course)
Dates: May 27, 2020 – July 29, 2020
Note: The word new refers to credit type awarded for SPS students enrolled after June 2016. The word old refers to credit type awarded for those ADP students who enrolled prior to June 2016.
All classes NOT online are from 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
|COM 210||Uncovering Fashion: Global View||Wolbers||Reading||new Connections-Global-Humanities or FL/CU; old Hum or IDS or FL/CU|
What is fashion—and how does fashion “happen”? In this course, students will learn how fashion gets created; how Western fashion has been adopted historically across the globe; how and why elements of historical costumes from various countries become woven into designers’ runway creations; and how styles are expressed and adopted today, with special attention to the interdependencies between specific countries, particularly in relation to the role of media (fashion communication). To develop a critical view of global fashion, students must first explore their own relationship to apparel and fashion adoption, starting in childhood and progressing to adulthood. Additionally, students will: • define major influences regarding concepts of dress and identity; • engage in discussions regarding perception of the many role(s) that dress plays in societies around the world; and • explore the relative power of media venues for fashion as an expression of self. In learning the underpinnings of fashion, students will study, master, and use terminology specific to this subject (e.g., texture, silhouette, haute couture, prêt-a-porter, atelier, bespoke, etc.) and will explore historical theories of dress and apparel (protection and utility, power and status, modesty/immodesty, and adornment) to acquire core expertise about fashion in general. The class will analyze societal factors and expectations regarding gender, class, financial status, sports, leisure, work arena, and political correctness as elements of decision-making in garment/accessory creation, apparel marketing, and fashion adoption by the masses. A compare/contrast approach to studying fashion in media of select countries is facilitated by active use of scholarly articles in the Berg Fashion Library database (offered by the Library). The class will learn about historical precedents in the global runway world, focusing first on the traditional runways of Paris, Milan, London, and New York. A Final Project will examine, through research, visuals, and writing, specific fashion expressions in two countries that influence each other directly or indirectly. This Final project might focus on a specific emerging trend in menswear, womenswear, or children’s clothing in a market beyond the borders of Europe and the United States, such as China, Vietnam, Japan, India, Brazil, Australia, Nigeria, Egypt, etc.). Another approach might involve analyzing fashion labor issues between the United States or the U.K. as they impact Bangladesh, Mali, or any other country whose commerce is tied to the apparel industry.