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)

  • Course Timetable from Mar 20, 2023 to May 08, 2023

Academic Year 2022/2023

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, Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière or Gucci by Alessandro Michele will be analyzed and interpreted through the instruments provided during the classes. Further investigations will focus on fashion designers such as Riccardo Tisci and Virgil Abloh.


The test is based on the study of the following text:

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

In order to consider an updated bibliography, further essays and texts be communicated right at the beginning of the classes.

Erasmus students are invited to ask for permission to join the course and in case of positive answer will integrate the bibliography adding the following texts:

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 on closed answers. The exam will take place in the IT laboratories of the Rimini Campus on e-learning platform 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