90764 - Contemporary Styles and Arts

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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to acquire the historical-methodological tools to understand the styles of fashion and art from the second half of the Nineteenth Century up to the prêt-à-porter; he/she will employ the theoretical-methodological instruments of the history of art on fashion phenomena; he/she will be able to explain the designers’ collections both in an historical and in an interpretational perspective.

Course contents

The course analyzes and interprets the styles of fashion and the art currents in a parallel path between the great names of haute couture and the most representative painters, sculptors and performers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Starting from the founding father of contemporary fashion, Charles Frederick Worth, the protagonists of Symbolism, dell'Epressionismo, Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysics and Surrealism will be studied, right up to the fashion of the fifties. We will therefore see the main research lines of styles in fashion and art through figures such as Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Cristóbal Balenciaga, ending with Emilio Pucci, all analyzed in convergence with contemporary artists. In the second part of the course, the art of the second post-war period and its intersections with the fashion of the last decades will be examined, as a preparatory phase to the teaching of Forme della moda contemporanea, planned to be chosen for the second year. The course will therefore analyze the fashion designers of the last decades, up to examine the latest trends.


The current bibliography is valid both for attending and not attending students:

  • R. Barilli, L'arte contemporanea, Feltrinelli, Milano 2014 (excluding last chapter)
  • F. Fabbri, La moda contemporanea. I. Arte e stile da Worth agli anni Cinquanta, Einaudi, Torino 2019
  • F. Fabbri, Sesso arte rock'n'roll, Atlante, Bologna 2006
  • F. Fabbri, L'orizzonte degli eventi. Gli stili della moda dagli anni Sessanta a oggi, Atlante, Bologna 2015

Teaching methods

Projection of images and fashionn 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 on the "Esami on line" platform (as a remote test), and will consist of different typologies of questions:

1) questions matched with 4/5 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