Museum of Modern Art Offers Free Online Fashion History Course

The Museum of Modern Art is offering a free online fashion history course on Coursera about the most iconic fashion items ever made.

The Museum of Modern Art is offering a free online fashion history course on Coursera called “Fashion as Design”. The course gives lessons about some of the most iconic fashion items ever made. Items like the Hermès Birkin, which is now the most popular, sought after, and expensive handbag line in the world.

The course, which launched on Monday, October 2nd just as The Museum of Modern Art opened its “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” exhibit in New York, looks at a selection of over 70 garments and accessories from around the world.

It will also include interviews with designers, makers, historians, and others who work with clothing every day as well as studio visits and more.


The “Fashion as Design” course has a description about it which reads,

among all objects of design, our clothes are the most universal and intimate. Like other kinds of design, fashion thrives on productive tensions between form and function, automation and craftsmanship, standardization and customization, universality and self-expression, and pragmatism and utopian vision. It exists in the service of others, and it can have profound consequences—social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental.

The course is for everyone and no pre-requisites in fashion or design are required. The course is 7 weeks long and takes about 3 hours or so a week. It includes both videos and readings which will show the interviews, studio visits, and more. It’s also only available in English.

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