Assignments

Personal Fashion Pinterest Board

Throughout the semester you will build a personal collection of images that you feel are relevant to topics covered in the course. These may be images you find on the web or photos you take in the physical world. Each image should be captioned with a brief explanation (a sentence or two) of its relevance to the course. Your explanation should make mention of at least one of the 8 keywords. Your collection should include at least 5 images by Spring Break, and at least 10 images by the end of the semester.

Independent Keyword Curation Post

Choose one of the 8 keywords, and curate a collection of images (5-10) that illuminates the meaning of the concept. These may be images that you find on the web, photograph yourself, or pull from other students’ weekly pinterest boards (but this curation should be a unique collection – you can’t just copy 5 images from one of the weekly boards, or just use the images from your personal board, etc.). To supplement your image collection, you will provide a written explanation (~1000-1250 words) of the keyword concept, drawing on assigned readings where appropriate. Your collection should not only be guided by a chosen keyword, but should also have a distinct, identifiable theme, preferably related to your personal interests in fashion or your career aspirations in fashion. Your image collection and write-up should be presented in the form of a blog post on the class blog. You may use a creative yet descriptive title, and include hyperlinks where appropriate. All images should be credited/linked to their sources.

fp2013_keyword-curation-assignment

Final Paper

Your culminating paper will be comprised of two parts. In the first you will trace one keyword (randomly assigned to you) through the material of the entire course. You will need to synthesize the perspectives and analyses of the various readings assigned in order to offer a cogent definition and explanation of your assigned keyword and its relevance to the study of fashion and power. In the second part, you will propose a new keyword and argue for its relevance to the study of fashion and power, again drawing on a range of assigned readings from the course to support your thesis. You may write two separate essays or combine them into one. Your total written submission should be between 1500-2000 words in length. You should discuss at least 6 readings (total). You are welcome to incorporate outside sources and examples into your essay(s), but if you choose to do so be sure to provide a complete bibliography and appropriate in-text citation. You should use appropriate in-text citation (including page numbers!) in any case, but if you only use course readings as your sources, you do not need to provide a bibliography.

Prior to writing your final submission, you will turn in an outline (in class on May 2) in which you list your keywords and the readings you plan to draw on in your essay(s). This outline should include not only the names of the readings you plan to reference, but also an explanation of how/why each is useful to your analysis. This means that you should have the substantive argument(s) of your essay(s) thought out by the time you submit your outline. I will provide feedback on your outline before you write your final paper.

I am happy to read a draft of your final paper before you submit it for grading, however I will only do this in person. This means you must arrange a meeting with me in my office (by May 15th) and bring your draft with you so that I can give you verbal comments on it. This is optional – you do not need to have your draft reviewed prior to submission if you don’t wish to.

Please submit your paper via email (preferably as a pdf) with your last name as the file name. It must be emailed to me by 6pm on Thursday, May 16.

In-class activities

I will post links to all in-class activities in this space as the semester progresses. If you need to miss class for any reason, please check this space in advance and download the activity for the day you will miss. If you complete it and email it to me by the end of class time on the missed day, you can still receive credit for the activity. You may not make up activities after the fact – you must download and submit it no later than all the other students who are present in class. I reserve the right to give surprise activities/quizzes during class, in which case they may not be made up in advance or after the fact. You are of course welcome to download any past activities for your own reference.

2/5: fp2013_activity-ideology

2/7: fp2013_activity-the-city

2/14: fp2013_activity-brand-prominence

2/28: fp2013_activity-mens-magazines

3/7: fp2013_activity-subcultures

3/28: fp2013_activity-black-hair

4/18: fp2013_activity-femininity-observation

4/23: fp2013_activity-technology-makeover

4/30: fp2013_activity-lesbian-style

5/7: fp2013_activity-review

Weekly Pinterest Board Curation

For one week out of the semester, each student will curate a collection of at least 5 images that correspond to the assigned readings for that week. Each image should have a brief caption (no longer than a paragraph) that explains its connection to the readings. If it illustrates a specific example from the reading, please include the author, title, and page number it corresponds to. You may also choose to mention any keywords you see the image as being connected to and explain the connection you see.

Pinterest Board Write-up

Choose a week (not the one for which you curated images) and do a write-up of the curation(s) provided by your classmate(s). You should expand on their captions to provide an in-depth explanation of how the images relate to the assigned readings for that week, and to the broader course themes. You may also choose to comment upon how the images were curated, the extent to which the curation successfully captures the key themes from the week’s reading/discussion, whether you think additional images would be helpful or necessary for our understanding of the week’s topics, and any other critical insights you may have. Your write-up should be a minimum of 1000 words, and must be posted to the course blog (so be critical, but respectful, since your classmates will read your assessments of their curations). Your post should include hyperlinks to the relevant Pinterest boards and images, as well as any supplemental links you wish to include. The title of your post should be descriptive – you can be creative in titling it, but we should be able to tell which curation(s) your post is about.

Posting Schedule

Pinterest board curations are always due before Monday of the week in question.
Write-ups are always due before the Monday following the week in question (so if you are doing a write-up of Week 2, it is due before the Monday of Week 3).

Week 2
Pinterest curations (due before Monday, Feb 4)
1. Wendy
2. Rebecca
Write-ups (due before Monday, Feb 11)
1. Marissa
2. Karin
3. Joe
4. Crystal

Week 3
Pinterest curations (due before Feb 11)
1. Crystal
2. Marcela
Write-ups (due before Feb 18)
1. Linley
2. Ella
3. Shelly
4. Jake

Week 4
Pinterest curations (due before Feb 18)
1. Ashley
2. Joe
Write-ups (due before Feb 25)
1. Marcela
2. Cristina
3. Samantha
4. Grace

Week 5
Pinterest curations (due before Feb 25)
1. Jake
2. June
Write-ups (due before March 4)
1. Rebecca
2. Kristyn
3. Maryam
4. Ashley

Week 6
Pinterest curations (due before March 4)
1. Maryam
2. Grace
Write-ups (due before March 11)
1. Lindsey
2. Jae
3. Wendy
4.

Week 7
Pinterest curations (due before March 11)
1. Karin
2. Samantha
Write-ups (due before March 25)
1. Sophie
2. Lailley
3. Catherine

Week 8
Pinterest curations (due before March 25)
1. Lailley
2. Catherine
Write-ups (due before April 1)
1. Morgan
2. June

Week 9
Pinterest curations (due before April 1)
1. Linley
2. Jae

Week 10
Pinterest curations (due before April 8)
1. Lindsey
2. Shelly

Week 11
Pinterest curations (due before April 15)
1. Cristina
2. Marissa

Week 12
Pinterest curations (due before April 22)
1. Ella
2. Kristyn

Week 13
Pinterest curations (due before April 29)
1. Morgan
2. Sophie

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