If you’re looking for the next big designer, look no further than Parsons School of Design’s MFA Graduate show. Shown at MILK Studios, it’s a test tube for what’s next in the world of fashion. Last week saw editors, designers, and supporters alike (Donna Karan and Fern Mallis to name a few) pack the rows to view what could be considered New York Fashion Week’s most exciting telescope into the future.
We chat with three of the showing graduates about the challenges of crafting their collections, their futures, and more.
Our 2013 ranking of the best fashion schools in the world.
If you’re currently hunting for the right college and are set on a career in fashion, the options can be overwhelming. To help you on your way, Fashionista has ranked the 50 best fashion schools in the world. (Click here for the full list.)
While fashion design might be the most popular freshman-year major documented here, we’ve included more than design schools. In particular, colleges and universities that offer stellar fashion business, marketing, styling, and technology programs. Because, after all, there a ton of great fashion careers that have very little to do with actual design.
Our ranking hasn’t changed drastically since 2010, the last time we published this list. But our methodology has. In 2013, we survey over 3,000 Fashionista readers about their college experiences, and your input has helped to shape this list and, we think, make it more truthful. Here are more details on how we put it together:
Last night, following the senior’s fashion show in the afternoon, Parsons hosted a benefit dinner at Pier 60. The benefit served many purposes: to raise money for Parsons’ scholarships, honor Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez and Bonnie Brooks, President of Hudson’s Bay Company, showcase the senior class’ designs, and announce the Designers of the Year. That’s a lot to pack into one evening–and it was a long one!–but considering the benefit raised nearly $1.7 million for scholarships it was completely worth it.
We caught up with attendees Prabal Gurung and Proenza Schouler as well as Parsons grad Harim Jung, who took home the womenswear designer of the year awards and the Kering Empowering Imagination Award. Read on.
Parsons has given us an exclusive first look at this year’s Designer of the Year candidates in women’s wear–and considering that past winners have included Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler, you’ll definitely want to get a sneak peek at these designs–and hear from these young designers themselves
John Galliano Returns: John Galliano (who’s sporting a new grunge look) got a new gig at Parsons, teaching a master class on the “challenges and complications of leading a design house.” But not everyone is happy about it.
Let the Kate Middleton Baby Bump Watch Commence! Whether it’s a $1,750 silk Erdem number or a $76 Topshop polka dot dress, we’re keeping our eyes on how the Duchess is dressing her royal baby bump. (Could she be hinting at something with the color of this frock?)
In The Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings: Nike scrambles to pull old “Boston Massacre” t-shirts from stores. Now, however, that same shirt is going for $150,000 on eBay.
If you’ve been paying attention to the fashion industry the past few years, you know that sustainable design is more important than ever.
Our clothing consumption has reached an all time high, and in response, advocates for mindful, more eco-friendly design are screaming their message louder than ever. And it seems the fashion industry is finally listening: The CFDA recently created the first-ever sustainability committee , Levi’s and Zara have committed to going toxic-free, and H&M has unveiled a series of ambitious sustainable design projects.
The growing trend towards sustainable and ethically designed clothing is not only helping to create a greener planet–it’s created a whole new job market, one where having an education in sustainable design may give you a considerable edge in the industry. Here are the best sustainable design programs out there.