by Michael Lee

Global Heritage of 20th Century Fashion and Art


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Tower 603

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The 20th century is particularly suited to study the multicultural heritage of fashion and art history.  In its first 50 years, fashion and art were an expression of Eurocentric partisanship, despite extensive, uncredited cultural borrowings from peoples and countries in the global community. In the mid-1960s these broader voices in fashion and art began to disrupt the old system. The 20th century ended with the rise of a more inclusive, enriched, transglobal narrative of fashion and art.
This seminar-style class is structured around three visually-based “alternative fashion history” student presentations, as well as a weekly assignment tracking the current worldwide explosion of interest in the global wellsprings of 20th century fashion and art.  Five or six trips to the MFA coordinate with classroom subject matter.

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Carlos Villamil is a multidisciplinary designer with experience in product, graphic, and fashion design, and design education. Highly adaptable and inspiring through active learning/creation. His personal research is oriented toward sustainable design and zero-waste garments.  He is an associate professor of Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology.