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Fashion as 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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Length 8 weeks
Effort 2-3 hours per week
Starts Jul 6 (7 days ago)
Cost $49
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Instructors Paola Antonelli, Michelle Millar Fisher, Stephanie Kramer, Anna Burckhardt
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Subjects Humanities Art & Design
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so much in 17 reviews

Thank you so much.

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.

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look at in 5 reviews

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.

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highly recommend in 5 reviews

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

I would highly recommend!

Highly recommend this course to anyone!

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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".

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much more in 5 reviews

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

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

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

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new things in 4 reviews

L'HO TROVATO VERAMENTE BELLO E INTERESSANTE!BRAVISSIMI :) It was really great to learn new things of fshion world and see other side of it in very easy and interesting way.thank you Absolutely amazing, high quality, fascinating course!

Thought I knew it all but this course taught me some new things.

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The Museum of Modern Art

Rating 4.8 based on 127 ratings
Length 8 weeks
Effort 2-3 hours per week
Starts Jul 6 (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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