Schedule + Downloads

 

Week 1: Introduction
1/27
Introductions – no readings

1/29
Wilson, “Adorned in Dreams” pdf
Roach and Eicher, “The Language of Personal Adornment” pdf

 

Week 2: How to think about fashion
2/3
Hebdige, “From Culture to Hegemony” pdf (this is also Chapter 1 from the course textbook)
Davis, “Do Clothes Speak? What Makes Them Fashion?” pdf

Activity: Fashion Objects and Ideology doc

2/5
Wilson, “Fashion and City Life” pdf
Simmel, “Fashion” pdf

Activity: Fashion and The City doc
Screening: Bill Cunningham New York

 

Week 3: Status & Display
2/10
Veblen, Theory of the Leisure Class (excerpts) pdf

2/12
Bourdieu, Distinction (excerpts) pdf
Young, Nunes, and Dreze, “Signaling Status with Luxury Goods” pdf

Activity: Brand Prominence doc

 

Week 4: Questions of Authenticity
2/17
McRobbie, “Second-Hand Dresses and the Role of the Ragmarket” pdf
Event Review Assigned

2/19
Marwick, “Conspicuous and Authentic” pdf
Duffy and Marwick, “Fashion and Celebrity 2.0” (read the Dialogue or listen to the Podcast)

Activity: Fashion Blogs and Authenticity doc

 

Week 5: Negotiating the Fashion System
2/24
Fiske, “The Jeaning of America” pdf
Dant, “Consuming or Living With Things?”pdf

2/26
Khaled, “The Enduring, Insufferable Hipster” pdf
Greif, “The Hipster In the Mirror”

Screenings: Portlandia: “Over” and Levis Music Street Style SXSW

 

Week 6: Subculture
3/3
Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style, Part One

Screening: The Filth and the Fury

3/5
Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style, Part Two

Screening: Emo on CBS News

Week 7: Bodily Transgression
3/10
Stallybrass & White, “From Carnival to Transgression” pdf
Lundoff, “Tattoo Me” pdf

3/12
Vale & Juno, “Modern Primitives” pdf
Sweetman, “Anchoring the (Postmodern) Self? Body Modification, Fashion and Identity” pdf
Event Review must be published by class time

Activity: Participation Self-Assessment 
doc

Spring Recess 3/16-3/22

 

Week 8: Style Politics
3/24
Cosgrove, “The Zoot Suit and Style Warfare” pdf
Portwood-Stacer, “’I’m Not Joining Your World’: Performing Political Dissent through Spectacular Self-Presentation” pdf
Ford, “Selma Costumes Reveal Class and Consciousness of the Movement”

Screenings: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, “Zoot Suit Riot” (original); Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, “Zoot Suit Riot” (MTV version); Gap Khaki ads

3/26
Mercer, “Black Hair/Style Politics” pdf
Watch Good Hair (excerpts) before coming to class

 

Week 9: Cultural Appropriation
3/31
Tu, “The Cultural Economy of Asian Chic” pdf
Yang, “Why the Rise of Asia in Fashion Isn’t As Beautiful As It Seems”

Activity: Cultural Appropriation doc

4/2
Hix, “Why the ‘Native’ Fashion Trend Is Pissing Off Real Native Americans”
Haruch, “Is Courting Controversy an Urban Outfitters Strategy?”
Recommended: bell hooks, “Eating the Other” pdf
Keyword Curation assigned

 

Week 10: Fashion as Industry
4/7
Pham, “Fashion’s Cultural Appropriation Debate: Pointless”
Wilson, “The Fashion Industry” pdf
Wissinger, “Modeling Consumption” pdf


Screening: Struggling to Stitch

4/9
Beard, “The Branding of Ethical Fashion and the Consumer: A Luxury Niche or Mass-Market Reality?” pdf

 

Week 11: Femininity & Discipline
4/14
Nelson, “Dress Reform and the Bloomer” pdf
Foucault, “Docile Bodies” pdf
Bartky, “Foucault, Femininity, and Patriarchal Power” pdf

Activity: Gender Discipline doc

4/16:
Jantzen, Ostergaard, & Vieira “Becoming a ‘Woman to the Backbone’: Lingerie Consumption and the Experience of Feminine Identity” pdf

Screening: Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style
Activity: Technologies of Gender and Makeover TV doc


Week 12: Masculinity & Transformation
4/21
Keyword Curation thesis statement & outline due in class
Frank, “Fashion and Flexibility” pdf

Activity: Men’s Style Magazines doc

4/23
Butler, “Imitation and Gender Insubordination” pdf
Newton, “Role Models” pdf
Frye, “Politics of Reality” pdf

 

Week 13: Sexuality & Self-Presentation
4/28
Kennedy & Davis, “‘We’re Going to be Legends, Just Like Columbus Is’: The Butch-Fem Image and the Lesbian Fight for Public Space” pdf
Austin, “Femme-inism” pdf
Moore, “Lipstick or Timberlands? Meanings of Gender Presentation in Black Lesbian Communities” pdf

Activity: Lesbian Style and Commodification doc

4/30
Keyword Curation skeleton must be posted to website by class time

 

Week 14: Exam Review
5/5
Keyword Curation must be published by class time

5/7
Review

 

Week 15: Final Exam

Thursday, 5/14, 6:00-7:50pm

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