This 4-session survey course covers the main designers in Parisian Fashion from the 1950s to the 1990s, focusing closely on one iconic creative individual for each decade. Their work is discussed in light of the cultural and political context of the time, which students learn about through video lectures, assigned readings and discussions. In addition to learning about specific designers and key sartorial techniques and trends, students learn about the main phenomena in the fashion business for each decade.
The first session will be devoted to the 1950s and the beginning of post-war changes in dress codes for both men and women. Pierre Cardin is the featured designer. The second session will be devoted to the 1960s and the culture of youth that it brought about. Yves Saint Laurent is the featured designer. The third session is devoted to the 1970s, with Kenzo and Sonia Rykiel in the limelight. The fourth session covers the 1980s culture of power, money, and excess with Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Rei Kawakubo and Yoshi Yamamoto as the highlighted designers.
Session 1: 1950s The beginning of Youth Culture; The Space Age; The mini skirt. Featured Designer: Pierre Cardin Session 2: 1960s Trousers for women; Youth Culture. Featured Designer: Yves Saint-Laurent Session 3: 1970s Hippie and punk movements. Session 4: 1980s Recycling fashion; Japanese designers in Paris; Supermodels and muses; The Power suit; Consumerism. Featured Designer: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Session 5: 1990s Globalization; Luxury Conglomerates; Sustainability. Featured Designer: Jean-Paul Gaultier Session 6: 2000s Mass-produced luxury; Star designers. Featured Designer: ‘Les Etrangers’ (The foreigners: Tom Ford, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Mc Queen) Session 7: 2010s Accessories; Independent brands. Featured Designer: Christian Louboutin
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