Earlier today I chanced upon a short post by Cathy Horyn on OTR about a competition for twenty Parsons seniors to restructure looks from the Louis Vuitton archive into new avant-garde creations. Filled with jealousy and intrigue I investigated further. I soon found out that the competition took place on September 17, with the mind-blowing prize of $2500 and an invite to the Louis Vuitton FW10 show in February 2010. And it gets crazier: the young designers had only nine hours to complete their garments while working in the gallery windows of the Parsons building on 5th Ave, their creative processes exposed to the streets of Manhattan. We would have easily lost our cool and panicked Andre style (Project Runway season 2 for all you PR buffs out there), but designers Min Sun Kim and Lydia Kim came out victorious by restructuring a Vuitton trenchcoat and men's wear pieces into a gorgeous dress with a hand painted hem.
Congrats ladies! If you ever want to come over and reconstruct all our old clothes into something fab, just give us a buzz. (P.S. Project Runway: these are the kinds of challenges we want to see! Get Michael Kors to donate some awesomeness and let's see what these kids can do! And maybe you could put Michael on the plane with the dresses to LA... just a thought.)