90985 - Film and Fashion

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  • Teacher Roy Menarini

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-ART/06

  • 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 will have in-depth knowledge of fashion, styles and visual cultures in films. S/he will be able to adopt the techniques and practice of film iconographic construction, and deeply investigate subjects connected to the relationship between body, culture, social space, language and cinema. The student will know tools of film analysis and concepts of film history.

Course contents

Film and Fashion is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on theory and criticism of film and visual culture in cinema, "fashion film" included. The course examines cinema's role as a unique art and media form which contributes to analyze moving images as media practices of enduring cultural and social significance. In particular, the program will focus on:

- film and fashion relationships

- film analysis

- celebrity culture in cinema

- italian style in films

- Fashion-film


For attending students, classes are sufficient for understanding and comprehension: course materials will be prepared by professor, available online. This book is also suggested (but not required) for a deeper knowledge:

Sarah Gilligan, Fashion and Film: Gender, Costume and Stardom in Contemporary Cinema, Bloomsbury 2019


Christopher Laverty, Fashion in Film, Laurence King Publishing 2016

For non attending students the book is required.

For students who do not have any previous experience in the field of film culture and film analysis, we suggest:

Jon Lewis, Essential Cinema: An introduction to Film Analysis, Wadsworth/Cengage, 2013

Teaching methods

Professor will use a syllabus with a clear schedule of lessons, screenings, presentations. Students will be required to prepare assignments on specific topics during the course

Assessment methods

For attending students:

UNIT 1. Classroom presentation (film or TV series analysis) with multimedia tools (Power Point or Prezi or other...) and subsequent upload of the work on the Virtuale platform.

UNIT 2. Short paper (2000 words) on the Celebrity and Crisis Confernce (which will be official part of the exam programme): May 11-13.

The work must be sent to roy.menarini@unibo.it 7 days before the exam. Subjects can be:

- single panel/session summary

- different panels/sessions summary or comparison

Guidelines for both points 1 and 2 will be available on Virtuale website.


For NON attending students:

the student is required to prepare a written work (5000 words) to be agreed with the teacher. The work must be sent to professor at his e-mail address (roy.menarini@unibo.it [mailto:roy.menarini@unibo.it] ) 10 days before the exam

Plus: oral examination on Sarah Gilligan's Fashion and Film: Gender, Costume and Stardom in Contemporary Cinema, Bloomsbury 2019 or Christopher Laverty, Fashion in Film, Laurence King Publishing 2016

The final grade is based on a 30-points scale. The final grade is based on a 30-points scale (20 for unit 1 and 10 for unit 2).

Grades are assigned according to the following criteria:
18-20: There are no elements of excellence or originality in the student’s contribution, or deficiencies are just enough to balance the positive parts of the performance; (C- C)
20-24: The performance presents some good points but is not fully developed or it shows some serious deficiency, though having a good general standard; (C+ B- B)
24-28: The performance is good or very good, but some or several weak points prevent it from reaching a top grade. (B+ A-)
28-30: Very good, no flaws, some or several original elements (A)
30 cum laude: excellent under any aspect, original and outstanding (A+)

Teaching tools

Lessons will be taught with multimedia tools and with screenings (with analysis) of entire films or single parts of movies related to the subject.

Office hours

See the website of Roy Menarini