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Fashion in Context

Why do fashion designers and brands exert such influence in contemporary society? What explains the trajectory from The House of Worth to Chanel to this season’s hottest label? This course investigates the interlocking forces shaping fashion: the designer system, celebrities, technology, politics, the arts and media. Through lectures and film viewings, readings, discussions, and individual research, students explore fashion as a crucial aspect of culture and how the fashion system evolved from roots in Parisian couture to become a global phenomenon.

Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Expressive Cultures

Course #
ARCS-UE 1088
Art and Art Professions
Liberal Arts Core
Expressive Culture


Nancy Deihl

Department Chair and Clinical Assistant Professor