Fashion Anthropology through Shoes
Taught by Carmen Artigas
Carmen has a background in apparel, accessories, and product design. Having already worked in India with artisan communities, certified organic cotton and natural dyes in 1999 exposed her to the challenges of developing sustainable products. Carmen has worked in fashion for almost 20 years, most recently in sustainable fashion consulting, designing, and sourcing. She is currently teaching Ethical Fashion at FIT and Parsons.
Can you tell a person by their shoes?
Shoes tell us almost everything about a person. Throughout history we could see in them examples of social and economic status, moral values, and poor taste. This class will help you to understand what lies behind the history of the shoe and psychology of the wearer.
Students will learn about iconic shoemakers and designers,footwear and cultural identity, the origin of heels, the true inventor of sneakers, and some unusual anecdotes about famous feet.
We will cover many historical periods -- from Egyptian pharaohs to European royalty -- and who and what inspired trends.
What you'll need:
A notebook. Just in case.