Five years of Pratt Fashion students recognized for their skill and creativity
Liz Claiborne Award & Pratt Fashion
The Liz Claiborne Concept to Product Award was awarded to one senior graduating from the Pratt Institute Fashion Design program each year from 2012 through 2016. The $25,000 award was funded by the Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation to support the students' creative entrepreneurial activities and help cover the costs of developing a collection after graduation. Students were selected in recognition of the exemplary work and vision shown in their senior thesis collections. Winners were announced at the end of the annual runway show each year. The winning students included Kelsy Parkhouse (2012), Madeline Gruen (2013), Julia Wollner (2014), Claire McKinney (2015) and Jihyun Kim (2016).
Kelsy Parkhouse founded Carleen in May of 2012 after receiving positive reviews for her thesis collection at Pratt Institute and receiving Liz Claiborne Concept to Product Award. Carleen is a Brooklyn-based womenswear collection that draws influence from Parkhouse's Southern California upbringing, folk-art motifs, fine art inspiration, and commitment to domestic manufacturing.
Claire McKinney's collection was presented in the 2015 Pratt Institute Fashion Design Show on May 7, 2015 at Center458 in Manhattan.
Jihyun Kim's award winning collection was presented in the 2016 Pratt Institute Fashion Design Show on May 5, 2016 at Spring Studios in Manhattan.
Exhibit designed and edited by Etta Sandry, Assistant to the Chairperson, Pratt Institute Fashion Design 2016-2017