Apparel Merchandising / Interior Design | Fashion Analysis and Theory
H406 | 0529 | Christiansen


Meeting Day and Time M, W, 2:30-3:45

Course Description and Content

This course is a survey of the classic and contemporary theories
of fashion.  It is concerned with how these theories can assist the
student and professional of clothing and textiles in the analysis
of fashion.

The course is designed to equip the student with an adequate
understanding of the classic and modern fashion theories in order
to provide a base to intelligently draw from those theories and
apply them to the design, merchandising, manufacture and
consumption of fashion-oriented products.   Fashion is
embedded in a psychological, social, and cultural milieu.  Thus,
it becomes necessary not only to understand but also critique the
existing theories based on this embeddedness.  Specifically, the
student will:

Become familiar with the classic and contemporary theories of
fashion.

Demonstrate a working knowledge of theories of fashion.

Develop a critical understanding of the different paradigms from
which fashion theories come.

Develop techniques in analysis and criticism of the existing
theories with hopes that this process will lead to meaningful
advancements of theory.

Required Texts and Readings

A required packet of readings has been prepared and is available
at T.I.S. Bookstore.

Outline Course Requirements

Class participation including discussion and  THINKING HARD
will be crucial to the student's success in this course.  Policies
and procedures adopted by the department of Apparel
Merchandising and Interior Design as well as Indiana University
regulations will be followed.

Other Comments

Prerequisite:  Junior Standing

This course is based on lecture, discussion, and group
brainstorming.  It will be important to participate in each step of
the process.

There will be daily work which will include a collection of
critiques from the readings and a final 5-8 page paper that will
reflect your understanding of fashion theory.  I have outlined
below the requirements needed to obtain the various grades in
the class.  + and - grades will be determined based on quality of
the work done, class attendance, participation in discussions and
group brainstorming.

Article Synopsis and Abstracts:  Readings from the packet will
be read, a synopsis written, class notes added, critique given, and
application made.  These will be handed in at various times as
indicated on the course schedule.

Group Brainstorming:  Throughout the course, the students will
work in groups to try to brainstorm for ways in which the
theories do or don't make sense in terms of application to the
"real world." As you participate in these discussions it will be
important for you to make notes to yourself so that you can
draw from these discussions for your final paper.

Final Paper:  The final paper will be a 5-8 page critique of a
fashion theory of your choice or a collection of theories.  In
addition, the paper should include examples from the "real
world" that helps illustrate the chosen theory (i.e. merchandise
found in stores, pictures from magazines, vintage clothing stores,
MTV or BET videos).  Further expectations of the paper are
outlined below in the various grade expectations. APA format
required.  An oral presentation of your paper will count for 25%
of your final project's grade.

In order to get an A: 15 quality article critiques will need to be
completed, obvious class and group participation will be
required.  The final paper must be of highest quality and should
include not only an overview of the chosen theory, but also a
critical analysis of the theory, an application of the theory to
modern fashion production, distribution or consumption
(including examples or illustrations from the "real world"), and
an original contribution to a better solution for fashion theory.
Two models must be included--one that illustrates the theory you
have chosen to analyze and one that illustrates your contribution
to fashion theory.

In order to get an B: 10 quality article critiques will need to be
completed, obvious class and group participation will be
required. The final paper must be of high quality and should
include not only an overview of the chosen theory, but also a
critical  analysis of the theory, an application of the theory to
modern fashion production, distribution or consumption
(including examples or illustrations from the "real world"), and
two models must be included--one that illustrates the chosen
model and one must be developed that visually displays how the
theory can be applied to "real life."

In order to get a C: 7 quality article critiques will need to be
completed, obvious class and group participation will be
required, and the final 5-8 page paper must be a quality paper
and should include an overview of the chosen theory, an analysis
of the theory, and application of the theory to modern fashion
production, distribution or consumption (and examples and
illustrations from the "real world").  A model of the chosen
theory must be included.

In order to get a D: 5 quality article critiques will need to be
completed, class and group participation will be necessary, and
the final 5-8 page paper must include an overview of the chosen
theory, an analysis of the theory, and application of the theory to
modern fashion production, distribution or consumption.

In order to fail this class: Fewer than 5 article critiques, lack of
class attendance, class discussion, group participation, and a
poor quality final paper.