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Dress & ________
THE POLITICS OF WHAT WE WEAR
A survey of the ways in which dress overlaps with issues of politics, culture and identity, "Dress & _____" serves as an overview for students curious about a side of fashion history that exists largely outside of designers and couture: the history of everyday people using the power of dress to resist, revolt and inspire change.
Students are presented with a choose-your-own-adventure presentation where they can fill in the blanks with the topics that interest them most –from gender & sexuality to class & colonialism– thus choosing the pace and structure of the lecture itself. Discussion & questions are welcome and prompted throughout the presentation, making it interactive, engaging and flexible time-wise.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dress & Society (Spring 2022 & 2023)
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