From the earliest Egyptian perfumes to the luxury hotel experiences of the twenty-first century, people have sought to set themselves apart through the creation, acquisition, display, and sale of luxury goods for millennia. This course explores the concept of luxury and introduces the industry and market through a series of expert-led talks, workshops, and visits, all in the context of a capital city – London – that has traded luxury goods from the seventeenth century to now. Including visits to major museum collections, a world-famous department store, a hotel, and other contemporary luxury brands, this highly experiential course will require students to engage fully with the subject matter through a variety of practical assignments. Leading industry figures, academics, makers and dealers will all contribute sessions to this course to generate a holistic picture of a field that is undergoing extraordinary change, development and growth.
The course is particularly aimed at students seeking to understand and experience the luxury industry, perhaps with a view to further study, or with a view to working within the industry. Students can expect to develop their visual and critical abilities whilst enhancing the commercial and human skills that are essential for working in the art world.