Fashion in Museums
Is fashion art? While fashion exhibitions prove to generate the highest turnover and PR for museums, an ongoing debate has persisted over the past decade among critics, scholars, and museologists: does fashion belong in museums? To answer this intricate question, this course examines the most groundbreaking fashion exhibitions in history—from Alexander McQueen to David Bowie—and travels to leading museums in the City. We will discover the treasures of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, the Museum at FIT, the Brooklyn Museum, The New York Historical Society, and more. Antique high-heeled shoes, feathered dresses, fashion inspired by religion, and 19th-century corsets are among the fascinating subjects that await us this semester.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the role that fashion plays in representing culture, society, and history, while serving as a valuable educational tool for generations to come
- The experience of visiting landmark fashion exhibitions in New York City
- Anyone with a passion for fashion, art, and museums
- Working professionals and students