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Fashion as Design

Modern and Contemporary Art and Design,

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.

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Rating 4.8 based on 173 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 2-3 hours per week
Starts Nov 21 (7 days ago)
Cost $49
From The Museum of Modern Art via Coursera
Instructors Paola Antonelli, Michelle Millar Fisher, Stephanie Kramer, Anna Burckhardt
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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I learned so much about the evolution of fashion and how the industry has grown and developed over the past century.

I've learned so much about some items that I didn't have any idea.

I learned so much about the history of specific clothing items and have become more conscious about the apparel process.

I have learned so much throughout these 7 weeks and I now have a different perception about many different things!

I learned so much about fashion items, the history behind them and their impact.

I was not aware of so much information behind what I wear and choose not to wear.

I learned so much from you all.

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I had no idea fashion was the second most polluting industry in the world, that it consumed so much energy and water and how it contributed to climate change and water pollution.

I love everything I own but now I value and appreciate them so much more.

There is so much more than meets the eye.

I had learned so so so much through this class that I don't even know where and how to begin.

My passion toward fashion has raised so much with this course.

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This course is very informative and I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering a career anywhere in the fashion industry.

If you work in fashion industry, this course will help you alot.

Incredibly fascinating, I really feel as though I learned a lot about the fashion industry, and about myself as well.

Changed my vision of the fashion industry Really interesting.

I really recomend this course for any fashion lover or designer interested in the fashion industry.

It exposed me to the histories of different iconic fashion garments, as well as the reality of the fashion industry.

I LOVE THIS COURSE VERY VERY MUCH, SO SAD ITS ALREADY OVER, I LEARNED INCREIBLE NEW THINGS AND I HOPE CONTINUE BUILDING THAT KNOWLEDGE The course is very interesting for those, who is connected to the fashion industry in one way or another.

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I love it, it make me change the way I look at my clothes and my body.

some historical information and most important is that I learned how to look at a item from various perspective.

This course has completely changed how I look at fashion and what I will purchase in future.

A fresh look at the acute problems.

insightful reflection, and would look at other people's submissions to see one-word answers.

I'm now returning to NYC to hopefully visit the MoMA and look at their collection through this research team's eye and with the knowledge I've acquired during these month and a half.

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The course reveals the social side of fashion, fashion as an expression, as a weapon to survive, as a cultural tool.

Fashion as Design is the course everyone should start with regardless of their career course or interests.

Thank you Fashion as Design team for creating this wonderful course!

I loved the merging of technology with fashion as seen in Asher Levine's biker jacket prototype.

I'm not sure that I would have learned so many details, interesting facts, meanings and role of fashion, if I had not enrolled in a course "Fashion as design".

Fashion as Design course from MoMA was such a wonderful learning experience.

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Great course, I would highly recommend it :) This was a fantastic cours interesting especially if you are thinking of becoming a manager in a retail store.

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its history

Excellent introduction to the world of fashion -- its history, designers, their design motivations and philosophies.

I've learned a lot about famous items of garments and its history.

This course has given me the kind of depth I've been looking for the study of fashion design, clothing construction and its history.

Exceptional beautiful, as fashion designer we have to know the history of garments, some of them i really ignored its history, its important for us as creators and to understand de zeitgeist It was an amazing course that gave me insight into something I am looking forward to studying in college.

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it comes

Clothing we all wear, and what it is, why we wear, who designs, creates, recreates, where it comes from before it reaches us, and how we fit into the tapestry of what clothing is, should be learned by everyone.

My knowledge of fashion has considerably improved, specially when it comes to the social circummstances in which these iconic items were conveived.

I enjoyed every minute spent on this course, incredibly interesting it explores fashion from many points of view, it definitely gave me a lot to think about when it comes to or relationship with clothes Its really a wonderful course with amazing instructors.

I feel so much smarter when it comes to talking about fashion and different cultures.

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I loved the chapters on Sustainability, and they’ve made me a much more conscious buyer.

This course was truly amazing experience, so much more than what I expected.

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Opened up my mind and made me think about certain things from different perspective.

S Made me think about fashion in a different light.

Highly practical and ambitious material challenging us to think about the current landscape of fashion, as well as the future, and how we can improve the the industry with sustainable practices.

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An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Assistant Buyer - Intimate Apparel $67k

Producer / Intimate Portrait: Mother Teresa $78k

Product Manager/ Activewear $25 million & Intimate Apparel $65 million $101k

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Rating 4.8 based on 173 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 2-3 hours per week
Starts Nov 21 (7 days ago)
Cost $49
From The Museum of Modern Art via Coursera
Instructors Paola Antonelli, Michelle Millar Fisher, Stephanie Kramer, Anna Burckhardt
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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