Working through fashion
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ACWB705
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Cultural Studies;
M. Sasseron de Oliveira Cabral, MA
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M. Sasseron de Oliveira Cabral, MA
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dr. T.M.J. Sintobin
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Contactperson for the course
dr. J.M. Wolthuis
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Academic year2023
PER 4  (08/04/2024 to 01/09/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksKeuzepakket Creative Industries
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
In this course you will learn to analyse and interpret fashion as both a creative industry and as a cultural phenomenon. You will learn to put the recent history of modern and postmodern fashion in its cultural context. You will gain an understanding of the development of fashion studies, including definitions of fashion and different theoretical perspectives such as eurocentrism, new technologies, sustainability, body, and identity. You will also learn about costume design and fashion on screen. You will develop visual and verbal skills for observing, analysing, describing, and critiquing fashion in its many manifestations (production, consumption, representation) from a range of theoretical viewpoints.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • understand the concept of fashion;
  • sketch the outline of fashion history and the development of the field of fashion studies;
  • distinguish the cultural, social, and global dimensions of fashion;
  • demonstrate the connection between fashion and individual or group identity;
  • analyse representations or products of fashion through the application of theoretical perspectives and methodological tools;
  • eloquently describe and present the findings at academic standard.
Fashion offers a rich platform from which to reflect on social and cultural issues, from practices of consumption and production through to identity politics. The course first provides a historical perspective on fashion in relation to globalisation and eurocentrism. The course will then discuss contemporary issues in the fashion industry: new technologies and the urgency of sustainability. The uses and functions of fashion on screen (in films, on television, in advertisements, or on social media) will be studied through a sustained analysis of diverse case studies. The course proceeds to discuss theoretical concepts and debates that have shaped the development of fashion and fashion studies as a scholarly field. Important concepts in this respect are fashion as an embodied practice and as an expression of identity. 
Presumed foreknowledge
Test information
Portfolio of assignments

Required materials
Articles and chapters from books will be made available via Brightspace.
If a handbook is used, students will be notified in time via Brightspace.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight100
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade