Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

Undergraduate Courses

MCC-UE 1345 - Fashion and Power

This course examines fashion as a form of communication and culture. Through cultural and media studies theory, we will examine how fashion makes meaning, and how it has been valued through history, popular culture and media institutions, focusing on the relationship between fashion, visual self-presentation, and power. The course will situate fashion both in terms of its production and consumption, addressing its role in relation to identity and body politics (gender, race, sexuality, class), art and status, nationhood and the global economy, celebrity and Hollywood culture, youth cultures and subversive practices.

Note: This course is also offered abroad at NYU Paris under course code MCC-UE 9345.

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