Learn the business of high and low culture, investigating how streetwear built a fervent fanbase and became a driving voice of urban youth.

Born in the 1970s and 80s, streetwear remixed sports with music, pop culture and current events. Using New York City as their entryway into the world of streetwear, students will explore the business, trends, people and ethos that make up the local industry. How did Supreme and others come about and how do they view their identity? How has current streetwear culture evolved from previous influencers? What does it mean now that corporations have entered the market?

Students will also dive into streetwear collaborations and the people behind brands that inspire a fervent fanbase. How are these designers and innovators inspiring people to doggedly pursue limited edition item like sneakers? Getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse into this world of cutting-edge fashion, students will reflect upon its impact on personal, professional and larger society levels.

Site Visits:
This is a new course. Possible site visits may include:

  • Established and upcoming homegrown menswear brands
  • Local streetwear storefronts and hubs International
  • Center of Photography
  • The New York Times newsroom and/or printing press</li

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
This is a new course. Possible speakers may include:

  • Vanessa Friedman, Chief Fashion Critic, The New York Times
  • Carol Squiers, Fashion Curator, International Center of Photography
  • Industry professionals specializing in streetwear

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*
Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: June 23 - July 5

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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