University of Technology Sydney

83341 Fashion, Gender and Identity

6cp; weekly interactive lecture and studio session
Requisite(s): 83119 Thinking Fashion AND 83231 Fashion Cultures AND 85502 Researching Design Histories AND 85503 Thinking Through Design



This subject introduces students to the study of fashion theory and history. Fashion theory engages with notions of self-fashioning, and cultural and constructed identity through all modes of dress and bodily adornment. Fashion theory draws from the arts and humanities, and undertakes a rigorous analysis of fashion as contemporary and historical cultural phenomena. Fashion history is the study of the relationship between cultural and social history in relation to dress. Fashion history informs fashion theory and vice versa. Students have an opportunity to conduct individual research through visual and written modes investigating a range of scholarly and visual materials including: history of fashion imagery, fashion photography, film, advertising, museology, cross-disciplinary influences including visual arts and architecture, and fashion theory and practice texts. Students have the opportunity to critically adapt individual historical and/or theoretical research into studio design practice outcomes.

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Autumn session, City campus

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