90984 - Contemporary Fashion

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  • Teacher Fabriano Fabbri

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-ART/03

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Rimini

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Fashion Studies (cod. 9067)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to recognize the styles of fashion from the Sixties up to the latest trends; he/she acquires the theoretical-methodological instruments to investigate the movements of fashion and their intersections with visual arts.

Course contents

The course explores the main steps of the history of fashion, starting from an overall view on designers such as Balenciaga and Dior, then up to the Sixties, the Seventies, the Eightees, the Ninetees and nowadays aesthetics. The runways by fashion designers such as Rick Owens or Gucci by Alessandro Michele will be analyzed and interpreted through the instruments provided during the classes.


The test is based on the study of the follwing texts. Variations may be possible and will be pomptly communicated:

F. Fabbri, L'orizzonte degli eventi / The event horizon, Atlante, Bologna 2013

V. Mendes, A. de la Haye, Fashion since 1900, Thames & Hudson 2010.


Not-attenders and Erasmus students will integrate the bibliography adding the following texts:

C. Evans, Fashion at the Edge. Spectacle, Modernity, and Deathliness, Yale University Press, 2007.

F. Fabbri, Boris Bidjan Saberi, Atlante, Bologna 2013

J. Laver, Costume and fashion. A concise history, Thames & Hudson 2012 (5th edition)

Teaching methods

Projection of images and runway collections to be analyzed during the class

Assessment methods

Written test. The exam will be held in the IT laboratories of the Rimini Campus on e-learning platform and will consist of different typologies of questions: 1) questions matched with 3/4 alternative answers, with just a correct one; 2) "true" of "false" questions; 3) pictures of designers and styles to be properly recognized.

The aim of the test is to verify the ability of the students to recognize the styles of fashion and their hystorical-critical value.

Teaching tools

E-learning platform.

Office hours

See the website of Fabriano Fabbri