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OWL Monday Scholars
Fashion as Design

Mondays, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
March 12 through April 16
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Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. Each week, a new lecture topic is watched and then discussed by all who attend. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and participate in discussion. Registration Required. 

Join librarian Patricia Moore as she facilitates this online course. Each week we will watch 30 minutes of Amy Bloom’s teaching, then do 30 minutes of writing using the tools we learned that day, and the final 30 minutes of each class will be spent sharing our work.

About the Course:

Among all objects of design, our clothes are the most universal and intimate. Like other kinds of design, fashion thrives on productive tensions between form and function, automation and craftsmanship, standardization and customization, universality and self-expression, and pragmatism and utopian vision. It exists in the service of others, and it can have profound consequences - social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental.

Fashion as Design focuses on a selection of more than 70 garments and accessories from around the world, ranging from kente cloth to jeans to 3D-printed dresses. Through these garments, we’re going to look closely at what we wear, why we wear it, how it’s made, and what it means. You’ll hear directly from a range of designers, makers, historians, and others working with clothing every day - and, in some cases, reinventing it for the future. Studio visits, interviews, and other resources introduce the history and development of each garment and their changing uses, meanings, and impact over time.

Featuring Videos Presented by:

Paola Antonelli
Paola Antonelli is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture & Design, as well as the founding Director of Research & Development at MoMA. She received her Master’s degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan and also holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Royal College of Art, Kingston University, the Art Center College of Design, and Pratt Institute. In 2007 she was named one of the 25 most incisive design visionaries by Time magazine.

Michelle Millar Fisher
Michelle Millar Fisher is a Curatorial Assistant at MoMA and an architecture and design historian whose research is centered on architecture in translation and social histories of the everyday built environment. She is currently completing her doctorate in art history at the City University of New York Graduate Center and frequently lectures at conferences and symposia worldwide.

Stephanie Kramer
Stephanie Kramer, is a Research Assistant in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design. She received her MA in Visual Culture/Costume Studies from New York University, and combines her previous work experience in the fashion industry with her current research and academic endeavors. She also teaches fashion history and theory at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute.




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