This clothing and society course focuses on the socio-cultural significance of dress by offering students a framework for interpreting the meaning and use of clothing in their personal lives. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze clothing as a form of communication. Students will learn about the origins and functions of clothes, how garments affect personality, and how the roles of clothing in society from ancient times to the present affect people. They will also study the most important historical periods of fashion and look closely at international contemporary clothing habits. In the course, students will examine the connection between the body and clothing, and will study the individual and social motivations for wearing clothes. Students will learn about the need for clothing, examining how clothing affects all aspects of ancient and modern society: from private and sexual life to the public and social spheres.
SRISA studio courses will have personal and course materials to be purchased in Florence. A complete list will be provided with the syllabus on the first day of class.