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“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
The purpose of this course is to examine the fashion industry and its relationship to and affect upon the society in which we live.  Through this course you will acquire an understanding of the fashion industry and begin to understand how society and fashion intersect and relate. You will also reflect upon the influence of the fashion industry on society and consider some of the issues that arise from this influence.
In order to do this you will first acquire a basic understanding of how the fashion industry works.
READ the following article and view the video contained within it (click the link ). Take notes on your reading. Valerie Steele – The Fashion Industry
…there is an origin story to today’s global fashion industry. It begins with one name: Coco Chanel!
VIEW “The History of Chanel” documentary below and take notes.

The History of Chanel

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ASSIGNMENT Write a minimum 4 page summary weaving together the information provided in the Valerie Steele article and the Chanel documentary. What are the basic components of the fashion industry and why are they important? In what ways is the story of Chanel a microcosm of the industry as a whole?
 To upload your paper click on the link that reads: “Assignment – Unit 1A – The Business of Fashion part i” at the top of this page.
Assignment Guidelines 
  • No cover pages. No abstracts. Just the paper with standard academic heading.
  • .doc, .docx, or .pdf only .DOC and .DOCX are strongly preferred!