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Fashion, the Body and Art - CATE3003

Year - 2019

Pop placed visible cracks in what separated the traditional division between high and low, then with the advent of accessible digital and moving-image media, this distinction has all but shattered. The promiscuity and omnipresence of mass media has meant that for those in the developed world (and even elsewhere), taste, style, desire and therefore fashion are at the epicentre of our lives. This unit of study deals not so much with fashionable art (the trends that move styles) but rather the rich crossover between art and fashion that has been desultory but nonetheless active since the birth of couture in the second half of the nineteenth century. This relationship gained complexity and density in the postwar boom of the 1960s with audacious body styling that borrowed from science fiction movies as much as art itself (e.g. Courreges). It is a little known fact that it was Yves Saint Laurent's Mondrian Dress that launched the artist into the mainstream, hitherto languishing as a master for specialist artists. These cross-pollinations climax with designers such as Margiela and McQueen whose body-as-sculpture attitude is distantly echoed in the tendency of museum architecture also to be like gigantic sculptures. Pop icons like Lady Gaga in her videos make these relationships between art and fashion all the more tenuous. This unit of study explores these crossovers. It is likely to be attractive to a wide range of students from jewellers to film-makers.

1x2-hour seminar/week

seminar presentation (30%) and short assignment (10%) and major essay (2000 words) (60%)


CATE1001 and CATE1002




Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Sydney College of the Arts
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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