Fashion as Design

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Among all objects of design, our clothes are the most universal and intimate.

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Taught by
Paola Antonelli
Senior Curator, Department of Architecture & Design, and Director, Department of Research & Development
and 3 more instructors

Offered by
The Museum of Modern Art

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2 posts • 8 mentions • top 8 shown below

r/malefashionadvice • post
1132 points • rxsiu
MOMA is hosting a free 7-week online course on Fashion as Design - definitely of interest for MFA
r/streetwear • post
378 points • Gon3r
MoMA is offering a free Fashion as Design online course
r/femalefashionadvice • post
204 points • somenemophilist
MoMA is offering free online art courses you can take at home

One of the classes is called Fashion as Design.

From the course description it says, “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.”

For the rest of their offered online art classes, see here.

Thought some FFA members might be interested!

r/femalefashionadvice • post
17 points • MegamiTenchi
MoMA Fashion Exhibit + Course - Anyone Else?

There's a MoMA exhibit that started on Sunday and there's a Coursera class they put together on fashion design as an extension of it. Is anyone else taking it? It's free, the ultimate weakness for an autodidact.
Anyone been to/going to the exhibit?

r/femalefashionadvice • comment
2 points • BorowitzReport

Thanks mods - I hope this brings some new attention to content that's fairly evergreen.

I wrote this in ten minutes and it's v. rambly, I'll probably come back to it this evening because I think there are some threads to be explored here - a lot of what I imagine/advocate for is what I hope r/ffacj_discussion will someday be, but it's not there yet, and I'll be the first to admit I don't take all of my own advice!

> Do you think any of the advice in this guide needs to be updated?

I think it fails to address what is a pretty large divide (and source of recurring controversy) on FFA: people who want build a wardrobe or improve their existing one to ~*fit in*~ v. people who want to develop a deeper appreciation of fashion AND change/improve their style. For the former, it's very succinct and to the point, has decent practical advice, etc.

For the latter, I think it fails to impress upon people who missed out on an arts education the necessity of "learning to see", building a visual vocabulary, a functional grounding in art history etc. Nowadays, moreso than ever, the best designers and collections are highly reflexive and referential, every trend, from the high street to haute couture, is riffing on something or someone that's come before, and having a sense of that makes the experience of going through a collection or breaking down a look to understand how it works and how it came together so much richer and more engaging.

And yes, what I'm suggesting is excessive and elitist and not strictly necessary, but the rise of MOOCs and museum publishing arms has made it more accessible than ever before.

> Do you use this advice in your approach to fashion? Would you refer someone > else to it?

No, see above. Right now my favourite recommendations are MoMA's Fashion as Design and the collected works of Valerie Steele, Harriet Walker, and Cathy Horyn.

> Do you think this advice leaves anyone out? For example, is it relevant to a > wide range of body sizes? Does it work for where you live? Does it fail to > take into account the experiences of people of different races, or gender > experiences?

Yes and no? It's generic enough to apply to anyone, but it's a functional, practical approach v. one grounded in theory, and for people who want to really interrogate intersectional aspects of style and fashion, the functional understanding is necessary but not sufficient.

r/MoneyDiariesACTIVE • comment
1 points • dollars_to_doughnuts

I think this is the Fashion as Design course she’s taking. It looks interesting: https://www.coursera.org/learn/fashion-design

This was a good nudge to go work on the online course I’m taking. Nice to see her working it into her week.

r/ffacj_discussion • comment
3 points • celine_neon

after a really exhausting month+ at work, i'm off for a week. not working is grand, but being stuck at home isn't my ideal use of time. so i enrolled in MOMA's fashion as design module on coursera. it's not as dope as that jumpsuit class sounds, but i'm content so far.

i've also fallen down a rabbit hole of delight on this site, which scraped "how to dress like [blank]" on wikihow.

r/OnlineEducation • comment
2 points • EduGuy33

History of Fashion Design (MoMA): https://www.coursera.org/learn/fashion-design

There is another online course via MasterClass.