Exploring Fashion Culture Exploring Fashion Culture

Exploring Fashion Culture


Colleen Hill, Moderator

Fashion is one of the most accessible and immediate forms of visual art – and like art, its deeper meanings are worthy of exploration. This Seminar will demonstrate that fashion is more than a mere reflection of its time, highlighting its inextricable links to cultural, social, and technological changes. These concepts will be revealed through an examination of fashion trendsetters – including important clients and designers – as well as the cycles of the trends themselves. (With images.)

Session 1 Fashion Icons
From Marie Antoinette to Kate Middleton.
Session 2 Great Designers
Beginning with the first couturier, Charles Frederick Worth
Session 3 The Evolution of Fashion
Focusing on changes in style from the mid-18th century to the present.

Please note: This seminar contains only THREE sessions.

Colleen Hill

COLLEEN HILL — Curator of Costume and Accessories at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT). She holds an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice from FIT. Since joining MFIT in 2006, Colleen has curated or co-curated more than ten exhibitions, including Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 (2017), Fairy Tale Fashion (2016), Exposed: A History of Lingerie (2014), and Shoe Obsession (2013). Hill has published a book on sustainable fashion with Bloomsbury Academic, and four more books on fashion with Yale University Press.