Instructor: Stephanie Kramer
Price: Nonmember $355, Member $325, Student/Educator/Corporate $250
This course has multiple sessions.
No critical inquiry into design history and practice is complete without an investigation of fashion, and no critical look at fashion is possible without examining individual examples of clothing as items of design. This course will contextualize fashion both as a form of design and as a complex system unto itself; these complementary and intertwined approaches will help us to examine the profound social, cultural, political, and environmental implications of what we wear. The course will explore a wide-ranging and, at times, seemingly incongruous grouping of items—from quotidian humble masterpieces to designer-created benchmarks of the fashion canon—using each to investigate larger ideas surrounding social identity, the body, and our interactions with one another and the world around us.
The course will use examples from the exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern?, and will offer learners a chance to consider their own choices when it comes to choosing, wearing, and discarding items of fashion.
Bio: Stephanie Kramer, Project Research Assistant in The Museum of Modern Art's Department of Architecture and Design, worked on the exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern? She has also contributed to exhibitions at the Museum at FIT and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. She teaches fashion history and theory at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute, and has a research focus in youth subcultures, fashion, and identity. Having previously worked within the fashion industry as the Director of Fabric R&D at Nicole Miller, she received an MA in Visual Culture: Costume Studies from New York University, and combines her previous experience as a practitioner with her current research and academic endeavors.
Explore various periods of modern and contemporary art through programs led by MoMA curators and other prominent experts, both inside and outside the galleries. All MoMA evening classes include multiple sessions after the Museum has closed to the public; registration is open throughout.