Made In LA: The Fashionable City

Creative industries of Los Angeles play a crucial role in the regional and global economies, generating millions of jobs and billions of dollars in sales revenue every year. Although we typically associate the city’s creative economy with Hollywood and the entertainment industry, it in fact encompasses a range of creative fields such as advertising, architecture, design, fashion, and food.

Los Angeles' burgeoning art, fashion, and food scenes contribute not only to the city's business activity but also to the development of human capital, cultural offerings, and social and political engagement domestically and abroad. The Los Angeles brand is ubiquitous around the globe: fashion labels such as 7 for All Mankind, American Apparel, and Guess promote the "California cool" lifestyle, while food industry staples such as Doritos, the California sushi roll, and Huy Fong Sriracha sauce expose consumers to unique flavor combinations informed by the city's immigrant experience.

Attesting to the diversity and vibrancy of Los Angeles' creative economy is the flurry of media coverage it has received, including headlines such as:

What Gets Made In LA Is Way More Than Movies

Los Angeles and Its Booming Creative Class Lures New Yorkers

From Pocket Lining To Jeans, A Niche Means Survival In LA Fashion

El Chapo Shirts Are the Latest Fashion Craze

'City Of Gold,' Patchwork Of Cultures: A Tour Of LA's Food Scene

The Hungry Metropolis

Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson Try to Start a Healthful Fast-Food Revolution in Watts with Locol

This summer, the UCLA International Institute will offer one-week long courses on the UCLA campus that will introduce intellectually curious high school juniors and seniors to critical analysis of the creative industries of Los Angeles that are marketed globally, in particular fashion and food.

These noncredit courses are designed to help students develop critical thinking and communication skills, and allow them to experience studying in a university academic environment. Both courses invite students to learn from UCLA instructors, professionals, and local industry representatives about the ways in which fashion and food reflect and shape our urban landscape, culture, and society.

At the conclusion of the program, students will have obtained a greater appreciation of the role of the city in human culture, a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that have shaped Los Angeles' identity as a global city, an introduction to resources about professional pathways in the creative industries of Los Angeles, and insight into their own potential as global citizens.



Coming soon! Please check back at the conclusion of the course for a list of fashion study resources.


Bunche Hall serves as the central hub of social sciences at UCLA, and is also host to the UCLA International Institute, with its 25 centers and programs that promote innovative multidisciplinary research and educational opportunities in virtually every region of the world.

All program lectures and activities, unless otherwise noted in the Schedule section, will take place in 10383 Bunche Hall (tenth floor). Parking is available in Parking Structure 3 in the northeast corner of campus. Detailed information about parking at UCLA is available here. An interactive campus map is available here.


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The UCLA International Institute is the central hub for global and area studies at UCLA. Founded in 1958, the Institute educates students, champions scholarship and builds academic partnerships here and abroad. Part of a leading public university in the global city of Los Angeles, the UCLA International Institute also serves as a first‐class resource for the city and its residents.


UCLA International Institute
11248 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487


For questions about enrollment, registration procedures, and deadlines contact:
Arturo Diaz
Phone: (310) 825-2510
Fax: (310) 206-5183


For speaker and sponsorship inquiries, or questions about program content contact:
Sanja Lacan
Phone: (310) 825-8030
Fax: (310) 206-3555


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