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The Art of Fashion

2014 Summer Study in New York

The Art of Fashion

While recent debates over "luxury" have dominated the discussion of art and fashion, this course looks at the historical, geopolitical, and practical aspects of these inter-related fields. Through a combination of lectures, presentations and visits to museums, fashion ateliers, and artists’ studios, the course will reference historical examples from Modernist movements including the Bauhaus, to postmodern examples such as Pop, Punk and Op Art. Students will look at the current trend of collaborations between artists and major labels (such as Richard Prince, Yayoi Kusama, and Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton; Zaha Hadid for Chanel; Hiroshi Sugimoto for Hermes; Rob Pruitt for Jimmy Choo; Jeff Koons for Lisa Perry), as well as designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Helmut Lang and Tom Ford making works of art.The class combines lectures, museum and atelier visits as well as seminar style discussions.

Sample Topics
Click here to view a list of sample topics.

Site Visits
Faculty-led visits to museums, galleries and artists’ studios where students interact with guest speakers are an integral part of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art learning experience. Click here to view a sampling of previous summer site-visits.

By the end of this course…
  • Students will have an understanding of the relationship between fashion, art, culture and technology in the modern age.
  • Students will be exposed to artists who use fashion as an element of their practice and designers who collaborate with artists.
  • Students will have gained knowledge on recent blockbuster fashion exhibitions and how they are created, funded and presented.
  • Students will have an understanding of how the vast flow of visual images has changed our current notions of fashion and art.

Course dates

16 June – 27 June, 2014
2:30pm – 5:00pm Monday – Friday
Location: 570 Lexington Avenue, New York


This course is led by Kathy Battista, Director, Contemporary Art MA Sotheby’s Institute of Art, with contributions from Nathalie Khan, Lecturer, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, as well as other practitioners in the field. Kathy Battista, is co-author of Art New York (Ellipsis, 2000) and Recent Architecture in The Netherlands (Ellipsis, 1998), as well as editor and author of Haluk Akakçe: Reincarnation (Gallerist, 2009). Dr. Battista is a regular contributor to the journals RES Art World and Art Monthly and is on the editorial board of Art & Architectural Journal.

Course fees

$2,150 for one course or $3,900 for two courses


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Online Registration

Registration for 2015 Summer Study will open December 2014.

Further Information

For further information or questions about Summer Study please email:
Melba Remice, Director, Global Admissions
Tel: +1 212.517.3929

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