90851 - Forms of Contemporary Fashion

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  • Teacher Fabriano Fabbri

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-ART/03

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Rimini

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Fashion Cultures and Practices (cod. 9064)

  • Course Timetable from Jan 30, 2023 to Feb 28, 2023

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to acknowledge the main movements that develop in fashion from the second half of the Nineteenth Century up to the latest trends; he/she acquires the theoretical-methodological instruments to investigate the currents of fashion in their intersections with visual arts; he/she will be able to recognize the styles of contemporary fashion through a phenomenological approach.

Course contents

The course embraces a time span that starts from the poetics of the second half of the twentieth century, with the initial starting point constituted by the refusal of the Balenciaga-Dior front: it is against the double line of these two pillars of contemporary fashion that the Pop Fashion front is compacted, in able to decree the widespread diffusion of street fashion, now made official through the creations of Mary Quant, Pierre Cardin and Fiorucci. The analysis will then move on to probing the quotationism of Valentino, Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent; the  Mimalism of Armani and Jil Sander, the Poor Fashion of the Japanese designers, then the retro references of Versace, Moschino, Gaultier, up to the various "neisms" of the Nineties (Neopop, Neominimalism, Neopoverism), to reach up to the most experimental designers of today, therefore analyzing Alexander McQueen's, Raf Simons's, Alessandro Michele's (Gucci) and many other protagonist's runways.


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

F. Fabbri, La moda contemporanea. II. Arte e stile dagli anni Sessanta alle ultime tendenze, Einaudi, Torino 2021

Teaching methods

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

Assessment methods

Written test on closed answers. 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