3. PARSONS, THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN (New York, US)
-Programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Studies, Fashion Marketing
-Number of students: Undergrads: 4,260; Graduate: 656; Fashion Design: 1,553
-Famous Grads: Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Jason Wu, Jenna Lyons (J.Crew), Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler), Behnaz Serafpour, Doo Ri Chung, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock (Vena Cava), Flora Gill and Alexa Adams (Ohne Titel), Prabal Gurung, Steven Meisel, Thakoon Panichgul, Carmen Marc Valvo
-What the Students Say: “It’s tempting to take the easy way out and avoid the difficult classes, but it is not worth it. You learn more by challenging yourself.” “Be prepared to put in more than you actually can. Also, no sleep.” “You can tell by the mentality of the professors, as well as by the cut-throat environment, that Parsons is a very elite school and only the best will graduate.”
-The Bottom Line: Parsons is a fashion design powerhouse, and they have turned out tons of marquee name talent, particularly in the last ten years. Many of their famous grads are now part of the faculty. Workshops and critiques by Donna Karan and the Proenza Schouler guys? Events like these are commonplace. Most of the faculty members work in the areas in which they teach. The students we spoke to raved about their instructors. What’s more, the school has partnered with many retailers and corporations (like LVMH) with the aim of getting student work seen and critiqued.