Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound knowledge of issues concerning the relationship between art and fashion in historical and contemporary contexts
  2. review, assess and critique a range of theories and issues
  3. develop written communication skills to enable the analysis of visual culture in relation to relevant theory.
  • Topics

    • Introduction to Fashion and Art
    • The Belle Epoque 1900-1914
    • Paris in the 1920s
    • Mannequins and Surrealism
    • Fashion, Art and Ideology
    • Post-War - 'The New Look'
    • Sixties 'Cool'
    • Anti Fashion 1968 -1972
    • Commodity Culture in the 1980s
    • Diversity in the 1990s
    • Fashion and Art in the 21st Century
    • Perspectives on Fashion and Art in Australia
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:


You must have a high level of proficiency in the English language and competent essay writing skills.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Learn about the relationship between art and fashion in historical and contemporary contexts. Influences on art and their reflection in fashion are considered both chronologically as well as thematically. Explore links between the development of industrialised societies, their customs, desires and the development of consumerism.

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  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (45%)
  • Test (15%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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