NEW: Knitwear: Casting On Around the World

This course will provide insights and understanding into knitwear through the lenses of sociology, cultural studies, and visual and material cultures. It consists of ten lessons that highlight knitwear in various parts of the world, in order to understand the global impact of knits within visual and material cultures. Students will learn about knitwear technology and production, explore knitted textile traditions and gain an understanding of comfort and the body, sustainability, and the designers who transformed knit fashions.

NEW: Fashion and Art

The objectives of this course are to examine with precision the relationship between visual arts and fashion from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining the history of ideas and representations, material culture, and the history of modern and contemporary art. The issues surrounding the relationship between art and fashion are studied from sociological, historical, anthropological and technical perspectives. This five-module course is designed for second and third year undergraduate level students of fashion and art.

NEW: Dress and Religion

This semester-length class is designed as an introduction to the major religions in the world as well as numerous smaller religions. Most, but not all, engage the body as a site for experiencing and expressing faith. Understanding the basics and being able to make comparisons between religions is important for being an effective global citizen. This unit of ten modules is intended for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students in a range of fields including fashion studies, anthropology, and religious studies.

NEW: Fashion and Politics

From sumptuary laws and punk safety pins to sports uniforms and garment supply chains, fashion is uniquely political. This four-lesson unit explores key concepts regarding fashion history and theory to better understand how clothing serves as a means of communicating—and subverting—social identities and political ideologies. It will also explore the politics behind the creation and globalization of the fashion industry. This unit of four lessons is designed for second- and third-year undergraduate students of fashion and related studies.

NEW: Fashion, Race and Representation

The conversation on fashion and race is a complicated one as people who study race and representation in academia are discovering new ways to locate fashion within their respective courses and research and people within the fashion industry are seeking to address how they can be more ethical, equitable and responsible pertaining to people of color. This unit of four lessons provides an introduction for thinking through the intersection of these two topics that once seemed disparate but are now more present than ever before.

 

How to Analyze a Fashion Collection

How to Analyze a Fashion Collection

This unit explores the development and gradual fusion of fashion and celebrity culture over the past century. It draws upon multiple theoretical and methodological approaches from the fields of fashion, media, and celebrity studies to better understand the role of celebrity culture in the production and consumption of fashion. It is designed for second and third year undergraduate students of fashion and related studies.

 

Fashion and Celebrity

Fashion and Celebrity

This unit explores the development and gradual fusion of fashion and celebrity culture over the past century. It draws upon multiple theoretical and methodological approaches from the fields of fashion, media, and celebrity studies to better understand the role of celebrity culture in the production and consumption of fashion. It is designed for second and third year undergraduate students of fashion and related studies.

 

Women’s Fashion and Dress Reform in North America and West Europe in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Women’s Fashion and Dress Reform in North America and West Europe in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

This lesson plan explores 19th and early 20th century fashion history in North America and Western Europe, looking specifically at women’s fashion and the development of women’s dress reform. This unit consists of five lessons and is intended for students at first year undergraduate level and above. The first part of this unit introduces students to fashion history and the changing fashionable silhouettes for women during the time. The second part focusses on women’s dress reform, related to health concerns from wearing tight, body confining garments and the emergence of the fight for women’s rights.

 

African American Dress and Fashion

African American Dress and Fashion

This unit will cover a historical overview of the fashion and hairstyles of African Americans from slavery times and through the twenty-first century. The social and political influences of the times will be discussed in relation to the way of dress, in addition to the effects of cultural appropriation of African American dress. This unit consists of five lessons and is intended for students in their third year undergraduate and above.

 

Historical Costume Design

Costume Design

This course provides students with an introduction to the creative practice of costume design, with a focus on research methods, character analysis, and the clear rendering of ideas. It is targeted toward undergraduate fashion students and is divided into four two-part modules. In addition to learning the difference between fashion and costumes, students will develop methods of creative thinking relative to solving design problems and will demonstrate the ability to present ideas clearly, both visually and orally.

 

 

Cultures and Subcultures in Global Context

Cultures and Subcultures in a Global Context

Cultures and Subcultures in Global Context examines the intersections of dress and human behaviors in connection with cultures and subcultures throughout the world. Drawing on Dress Studies theories and methods of analysis, this course explores the ways that cultures and subcultures impact dress and fashion systems, and in turn the interplay between dress and human behaviors. This course has six modules, covering topics such as Dress Theory and Classification, Street Styles and Antifashion, Cultural Body Modifications and Subcultural Body Modification.

 

  

Dress, Culture, and Society

  

Dress and the Arts

  

Nineteenth-Century Western Silhouettes and Color

  

Victorian Fashion

  

Fashion in the Museum

 Images: Niall McInerney, Photographer © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc