phase 2: MFA Fashion Design & Society
Parsons The New School for Design will present phase 2, a runway presentation of collections by graduating designers in the school’s acclaimed MFA Fashion Design and Society program. The presentation will be held on September 12 at 10 a.m. EST, in Milk Studios, New York City, as part of MADE Fashion Week.
“In just two years, Parsons’ MFA Fashion Design and Society program has proven to be a hotbed for emerging talent,” said Diane von Furstenberg, a supporter of the program. “It has been important to me on a professional level to support the next generation, the future of our industry, and to have a chance for my team to interact with these students during their studies has been incredibly rewarding.”
The Master of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Society program at Parsons The New School for Design is a highly selective program for talented, emerging designers, which was initiated through the support of alumna Donna Karan. Students develop their personal vision, with a focus on process and identity, through a body of work that encompasses highly executed, innovative clothing and accessory collections. The program is truly international—its second graduating class in 2013 features sixteen students representing China, Germany, South Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
These designers will present their personal vision, with a focus on process and identity, through a body of work that encompasses highly executed, innovative clothing and accessory collections. This includes Melitta Baumeister (Germany), Sinjing Chen (China), Julian Guthrie (United States), Lin Hai (China), Jia Hua (China), Hannah Jenkinson (United Kingdom), Jae Woo Lee (South Korea), Min Lee (South Korea), Abigail Lewis (United States), Claudia Li (New Zealand), Amelia Lindquist (United States), Jihye Nam (South Korea), Piotrek Panszczyk (Poland), Isabel Rio (Spain), Anna Mercedes Stephenson (United Kingdom), and Alison Tsai (Taiwan).
“With each year, the program is coming more and more into its own,” said Shelley Fox, director of the MFA in Fashion Design and Society and Donna Karan Professor of Fashion Design. “This program cultivates openness and a personal conversation with the students, fostering both a rigorous and critical approach, which are essential for nurturing the talent.”
Since the MFA in Fashion Design and Society’s inception, students have showcased work internationally, receiving global recognition and awards through participation in select events and competitions. This includes a special collaboration with Diane von Furstenberg called DVF DNA (2012), where students created looks that “mutated” their DNA with DVF’s; as well as presentations at Pitti Filati in Florence (July 2012); representing the United States in the International Fashion Showcase during London Fashion Week (February 2012); and placing as finalists and the winning design in a competition organized by the Met Costume Institute in connection with Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (May 2011). From its inaugural class in 2012, graduates have gone on to work for such prestigious fashion labels as Calvin Klein, Narciso Rodriguez, Opening Ceremony, Donna Karan, and Ralph Lauren Black Label.
“Being a part of MADE Fashion Week is a culmination for our students of their two years of study at Parsons,” said Simon Collins, dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons. “The level of talent on display is a testament to the success of this program, which connects fashion design to a range of other disciplines, from business strategy to the social sciences. This type of engagement is crucial for designers working in the industry today.”
To learn more about the MFA Fashion Design and Society program, visit www.newschool.edu/mfafds.
The MFA Fashion Design and Society program is made possible through the support of Donna Karan, the estate of Richard Obus, the estate of Stephen W. Mason, Reed Krakoff and Coach, UNIQLO Co., Ltd., and the U.S.-Japan Council, The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, The Fancy, Tomio Taki, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Inc., and Swarovski.
Support for the runway show is provided by MADE, The Fancy, Kering, Nars (makeup artist, team and product), Redken/Cutler (hair artist, team and product), Starworks Group (public relations and front of house), and SHADES OF GREY (production).
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