Overview

From the photoshoot to the catwalk, learn about the fascinating history and contemporary relationship between art, luxury, and fashion.

Students enrolled in this Exploration course will survey both the historical and contemporary relationships between art, luxury, and fashion. Guided by expert educators and leaders in the field, our Explorations courses focus on the intersectionality between topics. In this course, students will explore the historical, geopolitical, and practical aspects of these cross-disciplinary fields. Through a combination of lectures and visits to museums, fashion ateliers, and luxury retailers, the course will cover historical examples from the Bauhaus and Surrealism, to Modernist movements such as Pop, Punk, and Op Art. Students will learn about recent collaborations between celebrity artists and famous labels, such as Anish Kapoor for Bulgari; Yayoi Kusama, Richard Prince, and Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton; Zaha Hadid for Chanel; Hiroshi Sugimoto for Hermès; Rob Pruitt for Jimmy Choo; and Jeff Koons for Lisa Perry. Students will learn what defines luxury and what role luxury plays in these collaborations. Students will also learn about fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Helmut Lang, and Miuccia Prada.

Our multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new, and prepare for college. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Exploration program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Past site visits have included:

  • The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • The Museum of Art and Design’s studio program
  • Fashion ateliers of emerging and established designers
  • The New York Garment District
  • Art galleries
  • Luxury brand stores

Past guest speakers have included:

  • Fashion designers
  • Fashion critics
  • Fashion industry insiders
  • Luxury brand marketers
  • Retired supermodels
  • Curators
  • Artists

Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Cost and Session Information

PRICE: $4,995* ($5,595* for residential students)
DATES: June 7 - June 19 and June 21 - July 3
TYPE: Exploration
LOCATION: New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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