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This course will look at the historical, geopolitical, and practical aspects of the interconnected fields of art and fashion. Through lectures, presentations, and visits to museums, fashion ateliers, and artists’ studios, the course will explain key elements in the history of fashion as well as the current trend of collaborations between artists and major labels, such as Yayoi Kusama, Richard Prince, and Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton; Zaha Hadid for Chanel; Hiroshi Sugimoto for Hermes; Rob Pruitt for Jimmy Choo; and Jeff Koons for Lisa Perry. The course will survey major designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Helmut Lang, and Tom Ford, and their forays into making works of art, as well as look at what goes into mounting and staging a fashion exhibition.

What you will learn...

  • To identify which artists use fashion as an element of their practice, and the designers who collaborate with artists.
  • To understand the relationship between art and fashion, as well as how the vast flow of visual images has changed current notions of both fields.
  • To look at the process of mounting and staging a fashion exhibition.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    2-week course
    July 22–August 2, 2019
    Monday–Friday; 2:30 PM–5:00 PM
  • Faculty


    Nathalie Khan, Adjunct Faculty, Summer Institute, New York

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  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • An Overview of the History of Fashion

    • What the Fashion of a Particular Time Period Tells Us About the Culture

    • What Does It Mean to Exhibit Objects Not Intended to Be Art?

    • When Does a Garment Become an Artwork?

    • The Difference Between Retail Value and Art Market Value

    These topics are subject to change.
  • Further Program Details

    Further Program Details

    Summer - New York is part of Sotheby's Institute's continuing education programming and offers short, non-credit courses.

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  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment


    Add a second Summer New York course at a reduced rate:

    • Additional 4-week course +$3350 ($5700 Total)

    • Additional 2-week course +$1950 ($4300 Total)

    • Additional 1-week course +$1350 ($3700 Total)

    Tuition includes classroom and program lectures, site visits, and additional programming.
    Tuition does not include accommodation or travel.

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  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor
    Tel: 212-897-6644 Or Request Information

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