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Introduction to Fashion Studies

Recognising the growing significance of fashion studies in the critique of contemporary culture, this fascinating seven-week course will introduce you to the study of dress as a means of creating the ‘self’, making use of key theories in art history and philosophy to explore the essential nature of dress in displaying who we are.

Throughout the course, you will become familiar with key concepts of the body, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class, and will gain a broad understanding of fashion as a form of visual art, and of the culturally relevant issues that are of interest to this field.

The course will include a screening of One Zero One, a 90-minute documentary that captures the unique friendship between two drag queens who light up the stages of the international party circuit with their boundless creativity and well-calculated freakish-ness. The film celebrates the lifestyles of the two, whose individuality triumphs over standardised normalisation and societal expectations.

Beginners’ level – no prior knowledge required.

Led by: Alessandro Bucci, PhD candidate in History of Art at University of Edinburgh.

Course screening: One Zero One (Cert 18), Mon 27 Oct, 18:30.