Italian 116B: Fashioning Fashion

Instructor: Susan Gaylard

How did sixteenth-century writers and artists depict clothing and fashion? Why do these depictions matter today? This course examines texts and images in relation to the changing status of the word fashion against a backdrop of political and religious crises and expanding European trade. We will consider the power invested in clothes when men dress more elaborately than women, women dress as men, and when bodies are described as naked. Taught in English.