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Course: Sociology of Fashion
Teachers in charge Ph. D. Žarko Paić, Assoc. Prof.
Study, Module Textile Technology and Engineering - undergraduate, Module Textile and Clothing Design for Industry
Textile and Fashion Design - undergraduate, Module Textile Design
Textile and Fashion Design - undergraduate, Module Fashion Design
Course summary 2 (2+0+0)
Knowledge verification oral exam
Precondition for testing Lectures, literature, seminars
Lecture type lectures, seminars
Exercise type audio practice, workshops, seminars
Subject content Veblen, Simmel, Weber and the sociological basics of fashion; Contemporary fashion theories (cultural studies, psychoanalisis, anthropoloigy, semiotics); Modernity and fashion; Body and signs; Fetishism of fashion; Subcultures and fashion; Anti-fashion; Fashion as social constructing; Postmarxist critique of ideology and fashion; Cultural fashion; Symbolic function of fashion; Fashion and postmodernism; Revival and fashion styles; Body in the society of spectacle; The end of fashion.
Aim of course The course examines sociological explanation of contemporary fashion phenomena. Students has to do working with basic knowledge about fashion from the perspective of social and humanistic sciences. The main goal of the course is developmnent of creative and critical attitudes in the public area. The reconsideration of social function of fashion and symbolical representation try to be a specific competence in the cultural system of fashion today. The fashion in the sociological point of vue is the system of signs, social context of values and the ground for collective and individual identity.
Literature necessary for course Mirna Cvitan-Černelić, Djurdja Bartlett, Ante Tonči Vladislavić (ed.), FASHION: HISTORY, SOCIOLOGY AND FASHION THEORY, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 2002.
Roland Barthes, THE EMPIRE OF SIGNS, August Cesarec, Zagreb, 1986.
Gillo Dorfles, FASHION, Golden Marketing, Zagreb, 1997.
Georg Simmel, COUNTERPUNCTS OF CULTURE, Jesenski and Turk, Zagreb, 1999.
Milan Galović, FASHION, Jesenski and Turk, Zagreb, 2001.
Supplement literature Jean Baudrillard, SIMULATION AND REALITY, Jesenski and Turk, Zagreb, 2001.
Ted Polhemus, STYLE SURFING, Thames and Hudson, London, 1996.
Inga Tomić-Koludrović-Anči Leburić, SOCIOLOGY OF LIFESTYLE, Jesenski and Turk, Zagreb, 2002.
Djurdja Bartlet (ed.), THE BODY IN TRANSITION, TTF, Zagreb, 1999.
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