Undergraduate Research Program
in the Transnational Production and Consumption of Dress and Fashion
For Majors and Minors in Women and Gender Studies
and Textiles and Clothing. If you are seeking more opportunities to do independent
research or creative work under the guidance of a professor, this program
is for you.
Fashion is situated at the center of burning issues that inextricably connect mass-mediated cultural representation, identity construction, design aesthetics, global trade and production, and professional and consumer ethics. While moralistic discourses dismiss it as trivial, fashion is both one of the major forms of aesthetic expression and identity construction in daily life, and a major object of disavowed obsession in our culture. In terms of production practices and treatment of garment producers, fashion is an urgent social and ethical issue.
Organized around the subject of the production and consumption of fashion, this program offers students instruction and guidance in doing research projects or video production on an array of topics: dress, textiles and body arts; constructions of race, gender, sexuality, class and nationality; subcultures and alternative identities; critiques of media and systems of representation; alternative media production and alternative modes of representing women’s bodies; the globalization of fashion production, working conditions and organizing struggles of garment workers’. You can approach the Fashion Research Program as a 1-, 2-, 3- or 4-year program. The program accepts applications throughout the academic year.
Conference 2007 Overview
Free Style: The Fashion Fusion of Producer, Consumers and You
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Course Requirements for Fashion Research Program
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This research program is funded through
a Presidential Chair grant from the office of the Vice-Provost of Undergraduate