FASH 321-072: Haute Couture Design and Designers (3 credits)
course explores the emergence and evolution of haute couture houses in
Paris and the head designers currently in charge of them. Particular
emphasis will be placed on those houses, which design couture and/or
prêt-à-porter fashions, but also are trend leaders of the fashion
industry. Couture design houses and couturiers are examined through
historical, economic, aesthetic and socio-cultural factors. Students
will understand the historic context of design houses and trace them
forward to contemporary evolutions. Final project will be informed by
both the historic context and the current state of the couture market,
as researched and articulated by the student
FASH 321-073: Trend Forecasting: European Fashion Trends and the Zeitgeist (3 credits)
course explores the significance of trend forecasting and the
importance it plays in the global fashion market. It introduces the
essential elements of forecasting, the process in which a forecast is
developed, and how fashion is a barometer of culture. Trend forecasting
is examined in global context due to the international nature of the
industry. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the process
and implications of trend forecasting and its dependence on
international fashion, the history of fashion, and the world at large.
Final project will be informed by both the past and present state of
fashion as dictated by outside influences.
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