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Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
Saturday, October 5 • 9:00am - 6:00pm
Open Dis[Courses]: Systems and Strategies

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This course introduces students to the analysis of the current ‘fashion system’ and explores strategic interventions within existing models to imagine future systemic change. Fashion systems often dictate time through the seasonal structures of Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter, and midseason structures of Cruise & Resort. This course involves the in-depth analysis of these seasonal structures while also critically exploring conventional systems such as Prêt-à-Porter, Couture, Diffusion Line, Slow and Fast Fashion, Fragrance and Accessory from a theoretical perspective. Since fashion is a constantly moving dialogue that seasonally changes the visual landscape of a public sphere, this course aims to understand how these ideas are introduced – in text and image - to audiences, who become the carriers and prolific disseminators of these ideas/ideals. Students are introduced to practical hands-on approaches in the development of future fashion systems that subvert from more rigid, existing ones. This includes establishing a new business opportunity, planning a target and sales strategy and setting up and coordinating, arranging and executing on-site promotional events - such as a pop-up shop at a store or other venue. The course focuses on research, the development and execution of new ideas, developing a deep understanding of the processes, challenges and requirements and introduces students to new editorial approaches through publication, printed matter, digital imagery, and experiential differentiators. Through the study of strategic game-changers, students will create a plan with tactics to imagine and represent a new future fashion system.

Saturday October 5, 2019 9:00am - 6:00pm
U 204 63 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10003