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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Fashion as Design by The Museum of Modern Art

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About the Course

Among all objects of design, our clothes are the most universal and intimate. Like other kinds of design, fashion thrives on productive tensions between form and function, automation and craftsmanship, standardization and customization, universality and self-expression, and pragmatism and utopian vision. It exists in the service of others, and it can have profound consequences—social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental. Fashion as Design focuses on a selection of more than 70 garments and accessories from around the world, ranging from kente cloth to jeans to 3D-printed dresses. Through these garments, we’re going to look closely at what we wear, why we wear it, how it’s made, and what it means. You’ll hear directly from a range of designers, makers, historians, and others working with clothing every day—and, in some cases, reinventing it for the future. Studio visits, interviews, and other resources introduce the history and development of each garment and their changing uses, meanings, and impact over time. Course Learning Objectives: Develop critical tools to appreciate and contextualize fashion design—from everyday clothing to couture garments—through many different perspectives. Trace the history, development, and impact of garments over time, and explore how they may be reinvented. Investigate garments through multiple lenses including politics, identity, and economics. Understand more about the lifecycle of clothing, from its design and production to its marketing, distribution, and consumption. Better comprehend the choices you make about fashion with respect to the visual language of dress, individual and collective identities, and issues such as labor practices, sustainability, and body politics....

Top reviews


May 27, 2020

I would highly recommend this course for someone passionate about the industry. It's an Insightful course too deepen inside the fashion world, through history, identity, sustainability, and much more.


May 15, 2020

Excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommended it to many. I am a mature student ( 55) and after this, I really feel I want to study a masters in fashion sustainability. Thanks for inspiring me.

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By Jeanneth J

Apr 17, 2020

Excellent course. It expanded my knowledge on how art and fashion are intertwined. Most importantly it helped me see the possibilities in sustainability in the fashion industry and the environmental footprint fashion creates

By Anna B

Jun 1, 2020

I found the topics discussed and the various themes very interesting. However, as somebody having worked for a short period in the fashion world, this course offered very little in-depth knowledge. I would recommend it to people who want to become familiar with the industry, but not to people who already have basic knowledge since this course doesn't offer more than basic knowledge.

By Maryhelen J

May 6, 2018

Excellent introduction to the world of fashion -- its history, designers, their design motivations and philosophies. This is done through readings, interviews and videos highlighting a wide range of selected garments and accessories. Many important themes such as heroes, expression, modesty, silhouettes and couture are covered in conjunction with the items. More information on the items items discussed can be found in the exhibition catalog, Items: Is Fashion Modern? which is written by two of the instructors, Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018). If you are a serious student of fashion or one who is just beginning to explore its complexities, this catalog is an terrific addition to your library

By Katie M (

Jun 2, 2020

I learned so much in this course that I didn't even know I was interested in. If you even have the slightest interest in fashion, this is the course for you. I learned so many new interesting things about fashion that I wouldn't have even thought of before (the design process, history of garments, the cultural significance of garments, etc.). I would easily take it again and actually just might do so haha. I really cannot give this course enough praise. The additional resources and teaching methods (a combination of videos, interviews, readings) really allowed me and inspired me to explore so many areas outside of the course. They offer such a wealth of knowledge that I could do endless research.

By Mindy T

Jul 4, 2020

As a fashion design major, I was still blown away by the contents and depth of this course. This course walked me on a journey of 110 garments and accessories that have shaped cultures, society, and individual expression. I learned about the history as well as the contextual reference of each item and was asked to reflect on my own clothing's significance as well. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to understand and be able to communicate the deeper meaning of why and why we wear what we do.

By Cátia T

Jul 18, 2020

I loved the course, I learned a lot professionally and personally. These seven weeks, made me believe more in my love for fashion, but the fashion that adds to a better world.

I would like to use this space, to ask for help, because I wanted to pay the fee to get my certificate and I didn't find it on the website where I could do that. I would also like to receive more information for other courses focused on fashion. Thank you.

By Fleur M

Aug 23, 2020

I really enjoyed the entire course. The themes and issues presented were thought-provoking and insightful.


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By Gilly M

Aug 20, 2020

I found this the most disappointing of the courses I have taken at MOMA during lockdown. There didnt seem to be much focus or discipline on some of the weeks with everything thrown in willy nilly - plus some rather weird features, like the australian designer from RMIT who designs outfits for dead people. And why would you dedicate NINETEEN minutes to door knocker earrings??!!

So I would only rate this 3 out of 5 (being generous because I loved some of the videos eg the couture theme Savile Row tailor and the final week biker jacket with LED lights)

By Laura A

May 20, 2020

Please add something other than items at some point it feels repetitive. Or make it interesting somehow towards the middle.

By Sanya m

Jun 8, 2020

The course material is good but it doesn't give much opportunity to test the learning, it is very less interactive.

By Camil R

Apr 26, 2021

It’s good but not enough

By qingjian w

Jun 21, 2019

Good intro for fashion

By Anvita B

Jan 18, 2021

This course is wonderful. Informative, thought-provoking, heartfelt, and truly fantastic! I loved every minute I spent studying the course. The material is well researched, well compiled, well presented. Complex enough to get you to put on your thinking hat, and easy for the layman to understand and comprehend. This course showed me the world of fashion through my laptop screen while making me feel right at home! Definitely learnt a lot in these 7 weeks; all-round fantastic. Kudos and many many thanks to the instructors for giving us this opportunity to educate ourselves on the myriad world of the humble and proud clothes we all wear.

By Chan L

Aug 25, 2020

I don't work in the fashion industry and have never studied anything remotely art related but I've always been interested in fashion and seeing as I had more time on my hands during COVID-19, I decided to immerse myself in learning about fashion. This course was perfect for learning about fashion history, the who, where, what, why and how of fashion and also gave a great insight into sustainability and ethics around fashion which no doubt every fashion course should include! I feel like i've learnt so much around the theoretical side of fashion. Now bring on the practical!

By Yovani D V

May 24, 2020

Thank you for opening up a broader picture of fashion design, many times when you talk about "fashion" you only think about what is trend during the summer or fall, or why you visit outdated. Actually, the course taught me to have a more artistic perspective on the course, a provider of my knowledge from the origin of fashion, the meaning of the garments, the identities they have, their meaning and their enormous potential expression. The course has changed my thinking about fashion design, in which I now see it more deeply and give it the respect it deserves like all art.

By Francisca C M

Jun 23, 2020

I am very happy with this course. The material is exceptional, the videos, interviews and additional material really gave you a full understanding of the main questions address by the course. I highly recommended for people who are looking to increase their knowledge, not only about the most important garment that creates in our minds the conception of "fashion" trough the years, but also to understand the history behind them, the industry, and a necessary reflexion about the future of how fashion should be think, conceive, create and consume.

By Hites K

Mar 31, 2020

[‎04‎:‎09‎ ‎PM, ‎31‎/‎03‎/‎2020] Hites: Fashion is a one way to show own interpretations on front the society as designer ideology ...

Like when designer inspired by nature they want to our strength & power of our nature.

So this types of ideology to show stories so here

[‎04‎:‎27‎ ‎PM, ‎31‎/‎03‎/‎2020] Hites: As per mine Coursera is a one good way to explore so many thing from fashion industry... Here I know so many new things regarding to fashion ... So I'm very glad to do this course

By Evan B M

Sep 27, 2022

MoMA's "Fashion as Design" is an excellent course and part of their 'Specialization Certificate.' The class can be taken by itself, though, and I would reccomend it.

I took "Fashion as Design" from MoMA to gain a deeper understanding of the 'Fashion World' and that's what I received... with some extra as it truly relates to 'Modernity' (and the Art World in the form of 'unique pieces' and styles).

Thanks to everyone at MoMA, Coursera and those that made this course happen, really great! - Evan

By Aleksandra S

May 7, 2020

The Fashion as Design course, with its abundance of learning materials, has shifted the way I perceive fashion as a whole. It has made me compartmentalize the garments and focus on individual pieces, forcing me to analyze my own closet, my daily approach to the way I shop, I treat my garments and it definitely changed my outlook on the lifecycle, responsibility and ethics so undeniably linked to the fashion world nowadays, the design, the production, the materials choice and the disposability.

By Dan L

May 30, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyable and educational. This course has broadened my understanding of the items with which I have the most intimate relationship in my life: the clothes I choose to wear. The lessons are well constructed, a perfect size for consumption, pleasantly varied in their delivery, and each of the course leaders were a pleasure to listen to. I can firmly say this course will alter my perception of clothing for the rest of my life, I hope there is more like this available.

By Barbara-Jelena G

Sep 1, 2020

This is a great course for anyone with any interest in fashion. With topics as diverse as history, appropriation, sub cultures, evolution and recycling of styles, sustainability, and just about anything else you can think of.

It is well organized and is loaded with concise and thought provoking information in the form of interviews, videos, and articles. The curators are great and host online events every now and then. I love this course and I can't recommend it highly enough!

By Yukiko S

Feb 14, 2020

Fashion as Design course from MoMA was such a wonderful learning experience. The course challenges the learners about the deeper knowledge of fashion from design perspective and the passion for it. This made me feel like I was one of the learners at the lectures in the video which helped me to concentrate on the learning itself rather than anything else like taking the certificate or experiencing an online course. The wide variety of topics kept me highly motivated.

By Mina F

Dec 29, 2020

This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in the fashion industry, anyone who wishes to have an understanding of garments, with a brief history, and even others who have an appreciation towards pop culture and the influences that come from clothes. I highly recommend this course, I have learned a lot more than I thought I would - the content is great, the instructors are amazing, and the information retained is truly valuable.

By Jan P

Aug 9, 2020

This is a thorough course on a fascinating study. Along with fashion, it incorporates cultural history, ecology, design, sociology, and art. Quizzes are challenging, often asking about details and specifics of years, and there is a significant amount of course material to read and watch. Assignments call upon you to be creative and thoughtful. It is not an easy course, but it's certainly an enjoyable, relevant, and current one.