Parsons MFA Fashion Design & Society 2016 Exhibition

Parsons School of Design

Meet the collection of Parsons fifth generation of graduates 

MFA Fashion Design & Society
The MFA Fashion Design & Society program at Parsons School of Design is the first graduate program of its kind in the United States, with a unique interdisciplinary and international approach to fashion. Each year, a small group of students join this academy for advanced studies in fashion design, training to become innovative and progressive world-class designers. May 2016 saw the program's fifth graduating year. This end-of-year exhibition showcases the collections of the program's talented graduates.

May 2016 saw the program's fifth graduating year. This end-of-year exhibition showcases the collections of the program's talented graduates.

Tailoring and draping

Snow Xue Gao’s work focuses on tailoring and draping. Her ready-to-wear collection focuses on combining, tailoring, and draping the garment. Twist, pinch, and tie-up; those draping actions gradually become the inspiration and the concept towards Snow’s design.

Snow twists, conceptually and literally, her eastern roots with the western culture she is constantly surrounded by.

Fashion and sustainability

Born and raised in Siberia, Russia, Maria Kazakova is a NY-based visual artist. Her work draws upon found materials and ready-made clothing to illustrate her ideas around consumerism, racial and cultural inequality, crafts and the political and economic restraints that surround it.

She sees fashion as a powerful force to raise questions about the sustainability of the actual fashion system and seeks to bring awareness and raise consciousness among consumers about alternative, more viable modes of production, distribution and consumption.

Fuzzy textiles

Queenie Cao's graduate collection, entitled "Cute Monsters & Little Girls," features thick fuzzy black lines across a heavy textured textiles.

Acid trip

Zishan Li's graduate collection, "Purple Mountain," reflects an acid trip of color and texture to deliver dashes of optimism and irreverence.

Swarovski and denim

Designer Mook Attakanwong explores the spaces between embroidery, embellishment, and deconstruction through the use of Swarovski crystals and denim.

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