Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Italian Studies


Italian Studies 310. Fashion, Sex and the City

What is fashion? Is it just about appearances? Is it only about clothing? How does fashion relate to literary and audiovisual culture, politics, ideology, philosophy? What role did fashion play in shaping the world as we know it? How has Italy contributed to the "fashion system”? In order to answer these questions, "Fashion, Sex and the City" explores the birth and development of fashion in Italy between the 14th and the 21st centuries, highlighting the links between clothing and gender, cultural and national identity, and fashion, seduction, eroticism and morality in Italian literary and visual culture. (Taught in English)