Course Name: The Avatars of Style in Society
Instructor: Simonetta Cochis
How did the idea of Haute Couture develop? Why is champagne the toasting drink of choice for celebrations? What made Coco Chanel famous? What possesses people to spend fortunes on the latest trend? This class will address these and myriad other questions concerning how Fashion "fashions" our society in ways that are both fruitful and pernicious. The production of luxury items, their distribution, and the acquisition of wealth on which they are predicated all point to social issues. Fashion and style spark questions involving social justice (sweat shops), health and psychology (body image), the economy (globalization), and the environment (sustainability).