Open For Enrollment

Starts in 3 days

Join Now
You can also choose to start immediately after joining!
Go at your own pace
4 Sessions / 13 hours of work per session
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
Skill Level
Video Transcripts
French, Spanish; Castilian, English, Portuguese
Couture, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Louboutin
Open For Enrollment

Cardin to Castelbajac: Style in French Fashion

This course is also part of the program:

Would you like to enroll?

Enrollment for this course has closed. But you can enroll in a future offering (please select)

Enrollment has closed

Enrollment for this course is currently closed, but the next offering will be available shortly. Check back soon!

Go at your own pace
4 Sessions / 13 hours of work per session
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
Skill Level
Video Transcripts
French, Spanish; Castilian, English, Portuguese
Couture, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Louboutin
Course Description

This 4-session survey course covers the main designers in Parisian Fashion from the 1950s to the 1990s, focusing closely on one iconic creative individual for each decade. Their work is discussed in light of the cultural and political context of the time, which students learn about through video lectures, assigned readings and discussions. In addition to learning about specific designers and key sartorial techniques and trends, students learn about the main phenomena in the fashion business for each decade.

The first session will be devoted to the 1950s and the beginning of post-war changes in dress codes for both men and women. Pierre Cardin is the featured designer. The second session will be devoted to the 1960s and the culture of youth that it brought about. Yves Saint Laurent is the featured designer. The third session is devoted to the 1970s, with Kenzo and Sonia Rykiel in the limelight. The fourth session covers the 1980s culture of power, money, and excess with Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Rei Kawakubo and Yoshi Yamamoto as the highlighted designers.


This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: 1950s and Pierre Cardin (December 17, 2019)
In this session we'll discuss French fashion from a social and economic context in post-war Paris. We'll also look at why Paris was considered the fashion capital throughout the 40s and 50s.
8 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Paris: Capital of Fashion
3. Paris in the 1950's
4. Pierre Cardin (Premium Exclusive)
5. Pierre Cardin's Designs (Premium Exclusive)
6. André Courrèges
7. What is Haute Couture?
8. Conclusion
Session 2: 1960s and Yves Saint Laurent (December 24, 2019)
This session will move on to the youth revolts of the 60s and early 70s, along with the life of Yves Saint Laurent.
8 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Paris in the 1960's
3. Yves Saint Laurent: His Career
4. Yves Saint Laurent: His Designs (Premium Exclusive)
5. Pierre Bergé (Premium Exclusive)
6. The 1971 Scandal Collection
7. The 1971 Scandal Collection in Pictures
8. Wrap-up
Session 3: 1970s and Kenzo (Takada) (December 31, 2019)
In this session, we’ll take a look at two prominent figures from the 70s, Sonia Rykiel and Kenzo. We’ll also explore the evolution of fashion shows and the history of denim.
7 lessons
1. Introduction
2. From the 1960's to the 1970's (Premium Exclusive)
3. Sonia Rykiel
4. Kenzo: From Bunka College to the Paris Fashion Scene (Premium Exclusive)
5. The Fashion Show
6. Denim
7. Summary
Session 4: 1980s and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (January 7, 2020)
This session will go into the 80s which brought cultural changes into the profession of fashion models to androgynous and feminine designs from various designers. We’ll also look into the work of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.
9 lessons
1. Introduction
2. The 1980's
3. Supermodels (Premium Exclusive)
4. Paris Fashion in the 1980's
5. Rei Kawakubo
6. Yohji Yamamoto
7. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Fashion Designer (Premium Exclusive)
8. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac: Artist and Designer
9. Summary
Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Instructors & Guests
What You Need to Take This Course
  • Materials: Sketchbook
  • Hardware: Computer with audio and camera, access to a scanner
  • Software: Microsoft Office Suite (Powerpoint, Adobe Reader)
Additional Information

Please note: Taking part in a Kadenze course as a Premium Member, does not affirm that the student has been enrolled or accepted for enrollment by Paris College of Art.

In order to receive college credit for these program courses, you must successfully complete and pass all 2 courses in this program. If a student signs up for the Style and Strategy in French Fashion program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

*Partial credit will not be awarded for completion of only one course.

Peer Assessment Code of Conduct: Part of what makes Kadenze a great place to learn is our community of students. While you are completing your Peer Assessments, we ask that you help us maintain the quality of our community. Please:

  • Be Polite. Show your fellow students courtesy. No one wants to feel attacked - ever. For this reason, insults, condescension, or abuse will not be tolerated.
  • Show Respect. Kadenze is a global community. Our students are from many different cultures and backgrounds. Please be patient, kind, and open-minded when discussing topics such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other potentially controversial subjects.
  • Post Appropriate Content. We believe that expression is a human right and we would never censor our students. With that in mind, please be sensitive of what you post in a Peer Assessment. Only post content where and when it is appropriate to do so.

Please understand that posts which violate this Code of Conduct harm our community and may be deleted or made invisible to other students by course moderators. Students who repeatedly break these rules may be removed from the course and/or may lose access to Kadenze.

Students with Disabilities: Students who have documented disabilities and who want to request accommodations should refer to the student help article via the Kadenze support center. Kadenze is committed to making sure that our site is accessible to everyone. Configure your accessibility settings in your Kadenze Account Settings.