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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 references 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.

By the end of this course students will…

  • Have an understanding of the relationship between fashion, art, culture and technology in the modern age.
  • Be exposed to artists who use fashion as an element of their practice and designers who collaborate with artists.
  • Have gained knowledge on recent blockbuster fashion exhibitions and how they are created, funded and presented.
  • Have an understanding of how the vast flow of visual images has changed our current notions of fashion and art.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    June 19 - June 30, 2017.
    Monday - Friday: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM.
  • Faculty


    This course is led by Kathy Battista, Director, of the Contemporary Art MA at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Battista is the author of Re-negotiating the Body: Feminist Artists in 1970s London (IB Tauris, 2012) and New York NewWave (IB Tauris 2013); 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). She received a PhD and was a Postdoctoral Fellow of The London Consortium, University of London, an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a BA from Fordham University.

    Nathalie Khan is a leading theorist and writer on contemporary fashion media and the impact of new technology on the traditional catwalk show and fashion photography. Khan teaches fashion history and theory at Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and NYU/London, as well as guest lecturing at the University of Bologna and The Condé Nast School of Fashion and Design. Khan is a PhD candidate at the University of the Arts, holds an MA from London Consortium, and a BA from Royal Holloway Bedford College.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Foundations of the History of Art and Fashion

    • Late-19th and Early-20th Centuries, Pop, Op and Punk

    • Curating Fashion: The Blockbuster Exhibition

    • Photography and Fashion Film

    • Contemporary Artists and Fashion

    • Handbags and Glad Rags

    • Fashion and Law

    • Switch Hitting: Designers Who Turn to Art

    • Fashion in an Age of Technology

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  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment

    2-week courses: $2,350 per 2-week course. One 2-week with one 4-week: $5,700.

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    Contact And Request Information

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    Suzanne Julig, Director, Summer Study NY
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