While the luxury industry keeps growing, the league of craftsmen who sew the garments, cobble the shoes and work the leather keeps shrinking. That's why luxe conglomerate LVMH has yet again partnered with Parsons The New School for Design--this time, they've given students a backstage pass to the studios of some of New York's most celebrated artisans, from textile designers to wood carvers to clothing conservationists. Each team of students--23 teams in total--was assigned to one master artisan in September 2009. Since then, they've spent hours observing and learning about their specific guru's work, creating fashion designs and short documentaries inspired by it. The pieces will be judged on February 17 at MAC & Milk, which will be a nice distraction at the end of Fashion Week. We're looking forward to seeing what they've come up with. In an era when the work of these experts is overlooked, it's nice to recognize their importance.
Parsons Students Get Crafty With the Vuitton Archives
By most any fashion die-hard's standards, Louis Vuitton and Parsons are considered the best of the best in their respective fields. So when they partner up for a competition that promotes sustainability the results are bound to impress. Already in its second year, the competition, "Reconstruction 2.0," asks Parsons students to create new garments around a particular theme using the Louis Vuitton archives. This year, students were challenged to create a garment out of Vuitton samples that embodied travel, an idea at the heart of the international Louis Vuitton brand. Six four-person teams were selected to compete. "We were inundated with the most amazing projects and the most amazing ideas, as we knew we would be, and the difficulty was choosing the six teams to take part," says Simon Collins, Parsons Dean of Fashion. "We could've tripled the size of the competition."