About TMD 424 – Fashion Theory and Analysis

TMD 424 Fashion Theory and Analysis

University of Rhode Island, Dept. of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

Dr. Karl Aspelund, Assistant Professor

Course Description

Evaluation of principles, theories, and recent investigations of the fashion process in order to develop analytical skills to anticipate consumer behavior related to clothing and adornment. Application to contemporary trends

Course Objectives

In this course you will:

  • Recognize the elements of modern fashionable apparel and how they change and combine to produce identifiable trends
  • Recognize the relevance of fashion theories and innovation theory process to marketing, merchandising, advertising, and sales of fashion.
  • Identify and utilize various resources to analyze fashion trends and predict consumer behavior. Notably:
    • Identify the contributions of a variety of disciplines –history, anthropology, media studies, market analysis, social theory, and more— to fashion analysis and the formation of fashion theories.
    • Develop and apply skills to obtain, understand, and analyze information to assess the “Zeitgeist” (the spirit of our time.) This involves identifying a variety of forces (geo-political, economic, environmental, social, technological, cultural, and aesthetic) and considering the changes they affect on fashion trends.