Fashion and Society

Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fashion and Society

  • Host University

    Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    Fashion, French Culture, History

  • Language Level

    Beginning, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced, Superior

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Through a history of clothing trends, great designers and famous fashion houses that have contributed to the influence of fashion in France and around the world, this course aims first of all to explore the close relationships but complex that have united the French fashion and society over the centuries, and secondly, to deepen the knowledge of vocabulary terms relating to fashion, clothing, accessories and the garment industry. This course will present itself as an analysis at the same time historical, sociological and lexicological of fashion.

    Program by session:

    1- Introduction to the course; definition problems; misconceptions and untruths
    2- Fashion, luxury and symbols of power
    3- The nineteenth century: turning for French fashion
    4- Women's fashion, men's fashion
    5- Fashion and painting
    6- Fashion and literature
    7- Fashion and photography
    8- Fashion and cinema
    9- Creators, fashion designers and famous houses
    10- Paris: fashion capital of the 20th and 21st centuries?

    • Acquired knowledge of the history of fashion through the centuries: its evolution, its major currents, its relationship to power, its symbolism, its influence on the arts and its participation in the diffusion of a culture as well as know-how around the world

    • Learning technical vocabulary related to clothing, sewing, body, fabrics and materials

    Pedagogical approach
    • Interactive conference with many cultural contributions, leaving an important place for the participation of a non-French speaking audience

    Supporting Materials:

    During the conference: Projection of images, reproductions and photographs on Powerpoint; distribution of film excerpts, interviews, interviews, parades, reports; display of written documents, definitions and vocabulary

    After the session: Written support distributed at the beginning of the session will allow students to follow the progress of the course and will be an essential revision tool for the examination of the eleventh week. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the teacher after the course.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.