90987 - Social History of Fashion

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  • Teacher Gianluigi Di Giangirolamo

  • Credits 6

  • SSD M-STO/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Rimini

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


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student acquires skills and knowledge in the field of socio-historical research concerning fashion and the establishment of its system in connection to the cultural and economic transformations occurred during the twentieth century in Europe. In particular, he has the ability to apply appropriate tools and methodologies to understand the dynamics of the relationship between social changes and fashion.

Course contents

The course will investigate the relationship of between the fashion phenomenon and the main social, economic, political and cultural conditions and transformations occurred in the European society with a specific node to the Italian and France case.

Starting from the development of fashion and society during the Twentieth Century in Europe, the lessons will focus in detail on the history and establishment of fashion Institutions in Italy and France where fashion shows organisation proceeded and the fashion system lay its establishment, in particular after the Second World War.

The following case studies will be presented to the students:

- Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne;

- Ente Nazionale della Moda;

- Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana.

During the lessons a practical activity is planned, in order to critically interpret through the sources analysis the socio-historical development of fashion.


Di Giangirolamo, G. (2021). Institutions for Fashion. Public and Private Intervention in Italy and France (1945-1965), Bruno Mondadori.

Blaszczyk, L. R. & Pouillard, V. (eds), European fashion: the creation of a global industry, Manchester University Press, 2018; Chapters 1, 2 and 6.

Non-attending students are also required to study one of the following texts:

Calanca, D. (2018). Fashion during the Nationalism and Imperialism of the Years of Fascism, in: The Culture, Fashion, and Society Notebook 2018. Milano, Bruno Mondadori.

Palmer, A (2001). Couture & Commerce. The Transatlantic Fashion Trade in the 1950’s. Toronto, UBC Press.

Veillon, D. (2002). Fashion under the occupation. Oxford-New York, Berg.

White, N. (2000). Reconstructing Italian Fashion. America and the Development of the Italian Fashion Industry. Oxford-New York, Berg.

Further readings will be suggested during the lessons.

Teaching methods

Lessons and practical activities

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Teaching tools

Multimedia tools

Office hours

See the website of Gianluigi Di Giangirolamo