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4 Sessions
Paris College of Art
History and Culture, Fashion
Skill Level
Video Transcripts
Couture, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs
Course Description

This 4-session survey course covers the main designers in Parisian Fashion from the 1990s to today, 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. Students are shown how the past influences and shapes the present.

The first session focuses on the 1990s, globalization, and the designers Jean-Paul Gaultier and Issey Miyake. The second session highlights four top Anglophone designers: Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. The third session summarizes the main changes in business models and the arrival of large luxury conglomerates at the beginning of the century. It also features Christian Louboutin as a designer. The final session is devoted to students’ final presentations and projections about the next developments in technology, business models and media.

In addition to weekly quizzes on designers and techniques, students are required to complete readings and participate in weekly online discussions and the course culminates with a personal research project in which students use primary sources to research the influence of French fashion on a contemporary designer of their own choosing.


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

Session 1: 1990's and Jean-Paul Gaultier
Jean-Paul Gaultier; Issey Miyake; Globalization; Perfumes
Session 2: 2000's and The Anglophones
Tom Ford, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs & Alexander Mc Queen; Star designers.
Session 3: 2010's and the Rise of Luxury
Louboutin; Accessories; the Luxury Business
Session 4: A Look Ahead
What's next in fashion technologies, materials, business models and media?
Enroll for College Credit

Credit Eligible

Kadenze has partnered with Paris College of Art to offer this program for 2.0 college credits.*

How much does it cost?

This course costs $600 USD to take for college credit.

*Upon completion, this rigorous college-level program will provide credits that are recognized and transferable from the partnering institution. Credit as workload and transferability is defined by the granting institution. Participation in these courses does not represent an acceptance decision or admission from the institution that offers them.

Learning Outcomes

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

Whenever you complete a course as a premium member, you can earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment .

This course is also part of the Program: Style and Strategy in French Fashion. Earn a verified Specialist Certificate for successfully completing a Program.

These certificates are proof that you completed an online course on our platform and can easily be shared with its unique link.

Credit Elligible Program
This course is one of 2 courses in the Style and Strategy in French Fashion Program and is offered for credits from Paris College of Art.

Earn a verified Specialist Certificate after successfully completing a Program. And whenever you complete a course as a Premium member, you earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment . These certificates are proof that you completed an online course on our platform and can easily be shared with its unique link.

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.

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