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.