The Museum of Modern Art

Fashion as Design

This course is part of Modern and Contemporary Art and Design Specialization

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Paola Antonelli
Michelle Millar Fisher
Stephanie Kramer

Instructors: Paola Antonelli

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There are 7 modules in this course

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1 video4 readings2 discussion prompts

Wearing certain garments can inspire heroic transformations, while heroes can elevate everyday clothing to iconic status. In this module, you will discover the relationship between aspiration, achievement, adulation, and attire through a wide range of heroes—and even imagine yourself as a space hero in the future.

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7 videos8 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

When we put on clothes, we change the shape and outline of our bodies—sometimes profoundly. The silhouettes we adopt are determined by everything from shifting trends in fashion to what looks and feels good. This week, we explore how clothes shape the body and how cultural constructions of the body shape clothes.

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7 videos7 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

The French word couture means "dressmaking" or "sewing,” and often refers to one-of-a-kind, primarily handmade garments intended for a specific individual. This module approaches couture from a broader perspective, exploring the complex processes—from traditional handcrafting to the use of new technologies—that go into the making of high-end and everyday garments.

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6 videos7 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

This module examines the lifecycle of garments, an often overlooked aspect of fashion that many individuals and companies are addressing with growing urgency. How do garments begin, how do they end, and how does the cycle of production, consumption, and disposal impact the world?

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9 videos7 readings1 quiz3 discussion prompts

Modesty has many varied expressions that can be informed by social, religious, or political identifications, as well as by personal choice. But whether covered up or exposed, our bodies are often battlegrounds for continually shifting societal claims around morality, agency, and etiquette.

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4 videos8 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

What we wear and how we wear it can communicate messages, create group identification, borrow and remake existing styles, or subvert a garment’s traditional associations. While choosing and wearing clothes is an act of personal expression, it is also a response to many of the topics addressed in the preceding weeks of this course. In this final week, we look at the ways in which clothing allows us to feel connected to others and to stand out.

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8 videos11 readings1 quiz1 peer review1 discussion prompt

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Paola Antonelli
The Museum of Modern Art
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Michelle Millar Fisher
The Museum of Modern Art
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Stephanie Kramer
The Museum of Modern Art
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