The Politics of Fashion

GWS 275
Politics of Fashion

Through the politics of dress, this course investigates the inseparable links between cultures, aesthetics, and politics, as demonstrated in debates about Muslim practices of veiling, the role of clothing in colonialism's "civilizing" mission, immigrant and "third world" sweatshop labor and globalization, fashion policing and subcultural style, and the fashion and modeling industries. Looks at the role of gender, as well as race, nation, and sexuality, as relations of power and as critical factors for social life and creative imagination.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Fall 2019 for a: UIUC Cultural Studies - U.S. Minority