Discuss Georg Simmel’s class‐based “trickle down” model in relation to fashion adoption in the 1950s.

Georg Simmel’s class‐based “trickle down” mode

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Choose ONE Essay Topic from the following:

  1. Analyse how fashion and art were influenced by the totalitarian ideologies of the National Socialist

Party in Germany, referring to other historical examples where relevant.

  1. Discuss Georg Simmel’s class‐based “trickle down” model in relation to fashion adoption in the

1950s. Consider whether this “class‐based” model is an accurate method of understanding absorption

and copying of high fashion by consumers other than elite clients of Paris fashion houses. What do you

support as an alternative interpretation?

  1. Did Paris regain its position as the world center for haute couture fashion after World War II?

Discuss this in relation to the rising profile of art and fashion in America in the 1950s.

  1. Discuss the blurring of boundaries between some streams of fashion and art in the last decades of

the twentieth century. Comment on the designs of Vivienne Westwood and Jean‐Paul Gaultier to

support your analysis.

  1. Present a critical analysis of the significance of TWO Japanese designers on the international fashion

catwalks into the 1990s and beyond. Include relevant discussion on specific methods of construction

and materials used in the fashions. Designers to feature could be Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake and/or

Yohji Yamamoto.

  1. Notions of “the body” often feature as a site for enquiry in both art and fashion. Discuss this by

comparing and contrasting the conceptually provocative work of 21st century fashion designers

Hussein Chalayan and Alexander McQueen.

  1. Provide an account of Australiana motifs and Indigenous Australian designs as they appeared in

Australian fashion in the 1970s and 1980s. Make reference to Australian art and design where relevant.

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