THIS COURSE TAKES PLACE AT NYU-LONDON. The topic of clothing and adornment embraces a broad spectrum, from the need for protective covering to the desire for individual expression to the profit goal of international industries. Clothing epitomizes the way a fundamental necessity has been transformed by cultural construction--as well as desire and creativity--into a complex social indicator, a matrix of culture, class, gender identity and aesthetics. This course looks at the ways clothing and fashion are used by story tellers, in print and on film, from the ancient world to the modern as indicators of civilization, individuality, sensuality, polymorphous gender, guilt, and conspicuous consumption. In order to establish a critical grid and vocabulary with which to discuss fiction’s use of clothing/fashion, our sources will also include readings in cultural studies, art, sociology, economics, fashion theory, and semiotics along with literature and films.