Apparel Merchandising / Interior Design | Fashion Analysis and Theory
H506 | 0540 | Christiansen
Meeting Day and Time M, W, 2:30-3:45
Course Description and Content
In-depth study and critical analysis of classic and modern
fashion theories with emphasis placed on post-modern fashion
Objectives: The course is designed to equip the student with a
thorough 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.
Students are expected to make significant progress toward new
theoretical developments of fashion theory. Specifically, the
1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the classic and
modern theories of fashion; 2. Critically analyze the theories of
fashion; 3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the different
paradigms from which fashion theories come; 4. Demonstrate
techniques in analysis and criticism of the existing theories with
significant progress made toward meaningful advancements of
theory. 5. Develop a model which will illustrate an original
contribution to fashion theory.
Required Texts and Readings
A required packet of readings has been prepared and is available
at T.I.S. Bookstore.
Recommended books include:
Veblen, T. (1973). Theory of the Leisure Class. Boston:
Houghton Mifflin Company (Original work published in 1899).
Davis, F. (1992). Fashion, Culture, and Identity, Chicago: The
University of Chicago Press.
Schneider, J. and Weiner, (1989). Cloth and Human Experience.
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institute.
Sproles, G. (1981). Perspectives of Fashion. Minneapolis:
Burgess Publishing Company.
Craik, J. (1994). The Faces of Fashion. New York: Routeledge.
Ash, J. & Wilson, E. (1993). Chic Thrills. Berkeley: University
of California Press.
Outline Course Requirements
Class participation including discussion and THINKING HARD
will be crucial to the student's success in this course.
Format: This course is based on lecture, discussion, and group
brainstorming. It will be important to participate in each step of
Research Paper: The students will be expected to use theories
from one or more of the root disciplines (sociology, psychology,
business, economics, politics, anthropology, etc.) of fashion to
provide a framework for a paper which results in significant
progress toward new theoretical developments in fashion theory.
In addition, primary data must be collected and presented that
illustrates the student's theoretical contribution. A final 10-20
page paper written in scholarly format will be the result. APA
Article Synopsis and Critical Analysis: Graduate students are
expected to submit article synopses and critical analyses of the
readings from the course packet. A form for this will be
provided. These will be handed in at various times as indicated
on the course schedule.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing