Michael P. Cepress
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective. Offered: AWSp.
COUNTER-COUTURE Fashion and Style in the American Counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s
This course will explore the artistry, politics, historical context and ethos of America’s 1960s and 1970s counter-culture through the lens of the era’s fashion and style. Decades of thinking and writing have identified clothing and fashion as a means of marking larger patterns and concepts related to the development and growth of a community or culture. Celebrating and mining the complexity of this particular era with our modern voice of interdisciplinarity, this course will amass the stories, the garments, the archives, the history and the artistry of central figures in the era to create a clearer sense of the cultural trajectory they were part of. Drawing from a comprehensive list of topics that investigate clothing as an art form, as political expression, as a spiritual vehicle, as a transformative tool in performance and other related angles, students and the instructor will team to create individual projects to facilitate research and create a thorough intellectual response to the material at hand.
Individual student projects will be assembled into a collective publication or web-based exhibition to showcase the fruits of their research and labor.
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