This international study opportunity to Paris was part of the semester-long course entitled "Paris: The City that Shaped American Culture, Art, Fashion and Literature," students examined the associations between dressing and storytelling within an urban space. Through a sustained and in-depth study of fashion and dress culture as they appear in literature, film and popular culture, students analyzed the influence of apparel on the way individuals construct their identities and establish their place in society.
As part of this course, students extend their classroom for eight days to Paris, one of the world's largest fashion capitals, to practice first-hand their abilities to 'read' the city environment. Treating cities as texts is a practice established by cultural historians which encourages the “reading” of urban spaces critically as one might read a book. The city itself, its public spaces - streets, museums, retail stores, art, architecture, - as well as literature, subcultures and street fashion function as a primary text to which we can apply theories of space, place and identity.
This international study experience took place over spring break during the 2014 Spring semester.
Paris: The City that Shaped American Culture, Art, Fashion and Literature is a 3-credit hour course that fulfills Major course requirements for Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising, as well as General Education requirements or electives, for all Baccalaureate majors.