From the photoshoot to the catwalk, learn about the fascinating history and contemporary relationship between art, luxury, and fashion.
Students enrolled in this Explorations course will survey both the historical and contemporary relationships between art, luxury, and fashion. Guided by expert educators and leaders in the field, our Explorations courses focus on the intersectionality between topics. In this course, students will explore the historical, geopolitical, and practical aspects of these cross-disciplinary fields. Through a combination of lectures and visits to museums, fashion ateliers, and luxury retailers, the course will cover historical examples from Modernist movements, including the Bauhaus and Surrealism, to postmodern examples, such as Pop, Punk, and Op Art. Students will learn about current collaborations between celebrity artists and famous labels, such as Anish Kapoor for Bulgari; 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. Students will learn what defines luxury and what role luxury plays in these collaborations. Students will also learn about fashion designers, such as Karl Lagerfeld, Helmut Lang, and Tom Ford.
This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.
Site visits may include:
- The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
- Emerging and established fashion ateliers
- The New York Garment District
- Luxury brand stores
- Artists’ studios
Guest speakers may include:
- Fashion designers
- Fashion critics
- Fashion industry insiders
- Luxury brand marketers
Materials Fee: $195
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Kathy Battista is scholar, lecturer, and a curator of exhibitions in museums and galleries, most recently, The Art of Fashion at Fountain House Gallery New York, Escape Attempts at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Los Angeles, and E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria. She has authored numerous articles and books, including: New York New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Art in Emerging Practice and Renegotiating the Body: Feminist Art in 1970s London. Battista is also Editor in Chief of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists at Oxford University Press and she is co-editing (with NY faculty Bryan Faller) a forthcoming book on artist estates and foundations, Creative Legacies: Critical Issues in Artist Estates, for Lund Humphries.