Inside Parsons’ MFA Fashion Design and Society course
By WGSN Insider

Ahead of Parsons MFA catwalk show, Dean of Fashion Burak Cakmak blogs for WGSN on what makes its Design and Society course so relevant in the industry now

Sep 07, 2015

Katharine_Mavridis Parsons MFA 2015
26 min

As the first graduate program of its kind in the United States, MFA Fashion Design and Society at Parsons School of Design has proven its ability to educate the new generation of exceptional talent with a global perspective on fashion design.

In its fourth year, Parson MFA Fashion graduates worked tirelessly throughout these past two years to complete their collections and – with WGSN’s continued support – will be debuting the MFA Fashion Design + Society’s latest collection during NYFW fall 2015 schedule.

Each designer spent their endless nights and days at Parsons developing and designing their collection under the guidance of MFA program director Shelley Fox. New York being the center of fashion and an incredibly vibrant and attractive city for young designers, we are able to attract great talent from all around the world to our program.

Similar to past years, our 2015 MFA Fashion graduate designer represent many different cultures and points of view, which can be observes in their final collection. It’s all in their choice of materials, structures, and overall presentation. Take Katherine Mavridis for example. We are grateful to have WGSN by our side as together with their support we’re able to highlight creativity, youth, education, and innovation.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work as designers at Alexander Wang, NIKE, Kanye West for Adidas, JW Anderson, Burberry, Donna Karan International, Calvin Klein Collection, and more of the like. Some have also gone off to start their own businesses and sell to stores such as Dover Street Market New York, London and Tokyo. During their time at Parsons, they were able to gain support and exposure from brands such as Sophie Hallette, Swarovski, Kering, LVMH, Mokuba, Freudenberg, LFUSA, WGSN, Loro Piana, Cariaggi, Brunello Cucinelli S.p.a, Lanificio Dell’Olivo SpA, Filpucci, Zegna Baruffa amongst many others. 

As a relatively young program at Parsons School of Fashion, the MFA Fashion Design and Society has already proven its success with its unique interdisciplinary approach to fashion education. Core of our teaching is aiming to bridge the gap between industry and education and it reframes fashion design education within the context of the global political economy.

Parsons and WGSN’s focus on the importance of creativity for the future of the fashion industry, makes us ideal partners to enable the young designers launch their first collections for the fashion industry during New York Fashion Week. As an organisation with global insights and style intelligence, WGSN’s role is critical for the future of designers as they embark on their careers. Parsons appreciates WGSN’s support of the Parsons School of Design in promoting the best of its talent during New York Fashion Week.

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