Parsons Benefit Runway Show 2016

Explore the creativity of a new generation of fashion designers.

Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Alejandra BurguetteParsons School of Design

Parsons Benefit

The annual Parsons Benefit at The New School is a collaboration between Parsons School of Design and the College of Performing Arts.  It is an opportunity to honor members of the greater design and performance community who exemplify our university's mission while raising scholarship funds to support students throughout The New School. Combining student performance and presentation of student fashion collections, the runway show from the 2016 Parsons Benefit showcases the next generation of creative talent.

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It is an opportunity to honor members of the greater design and performance community who exemplify our university's mission while raising scholarship funds to support students throughout The New School.

Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Molly KirchoffParsons School of Design

Molly Kirchoff

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Shi ChangParsons School of Design

Shi Chang

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Sarah Kate BelcherParsons School of Design

Sarah Kate Belcher

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Han WenParsons School of Design

Han Wen

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Kailu GuanParsons School of Design

Kaliu Guan

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Sijun GuoParsons School of Design

Sijun Guo

The collection, White Memory, represents Sijun’s vision of people before her parents divorced when she was a child. The story behind the collection is one that Sijun does not usually discuss with people because it makes her sad. Sijun found a way to share her story without telling it verbally

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Yun XieParsons School of Design

Yun Xie

Yun’s passion for finding humor naturally guided her towards a direction of play. Yun always begins with a humorous inspiration and an unconventional approach to develop her concept; this is constant throughout her projects.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Jackson WiederhoeftParsons School of Design

Jackson Wiederhoeft

"This collection has been an opportunity to take lessons I have learned working in both costume designa and fashion design over the past few years, and apply them to create something that is both here and there. I believe that ultimately the difference between the two worlds is simply context, that no garment is inherently one or the other. This collection is a a means of transportation and transformation to a place of fantasy, joy and exploration."

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Song Seoyoon

Song's collection was inspired by the garment-making process and the people behind it in New York City. It developed from her transformation through continuous realizations about the process of making clothes, starting from learning how to cut, make, and trim in college, and evolving through factory visits and the experience of working with them.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Jen LeeParsons School of Design

Jen Lee

Jen's thesis is about a search for identity through the discovery of my mom’s stamp collection. Her collection is not only an accumulation of stamps, but also the mapping and preservation of moments in my history and society at large.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Jaya LuoParsons School of Design

Jaya Luo

Jaya seeks to push the boundaries set by the limitations within menswear while still taking in account the importance of wearability.

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Tiffany Huang

Tiffany Huang's collection is about the experience of looking at the city from an aerial perspective versus the physical experience of walking through it

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Ace KimParsons School of Design

Ace Kim

Ace Kim's works are inspired by stories that are environmental, sociopolitical, ethical, and convey serious messages through a sense of humor.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Ya Jun LinParsons School of Design

Ya Jun Lin

Ya Jun Lin was inspired by signal waves and white noise as her computer crashed while she was researching images.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Conrad SunParsons School of Design

Conrad Sun

For this collection Conrad Sun wanted to create an imaginary world, one in which it’s considered a sin or crime to have identity or conscience

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Wei HungParsons School of Design

Wei Hung

Wei's thesis collection is a result of attempting to solve a problem: waste. No matter how much the fashion industry tries to be environmentally aware, it’s profit oriented, which means one is still trying to sell more in order to earn higher revenue.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Aven HelfordParsons School of Design

Aven Helford

Aven's skating and artistic mindsets are utilized and transferred into his design process through technical and conceptual approaches.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Zuoyu ShiParsons School of Design

Zuoyu Shi

Zuoyu's collection is a presentation of 6 different kinds of food waste: lettuce, sweetcorn, tomato, carrot, cauliflower and onion. Using household waste statistics of categories of food waste, number sets are put into data visualization codes to generate image output.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Ming PengParsons School of Design

Ming Peng

This collection is about the designer's experience with social anxiety and the choice to embrace and challenge these emotions.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Nicola RomagnoliParsons School of Design

Nicola Romagnoli

"Exsolutio" is an organic, biodegradable 3-D-printed second skin that can be customized according to the needs of the person wearing it. The second skin isn’t just an adjustable shield but also a supporting structure for a variety of interchangeable garments.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Shweta LakhaniParsons School of Design

Shweta Lakhani

“Disconnect” is a sustainable collection that focuses on the codes of washable luxury and employs zero-waste pattern-cutting.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Song RyooParsons School of Design

Song Ryoo

This collection was inspired by Song's living space—her Scandinavian furniture, her large globe floor lamp, her wool cashmere blanket, all of which created an atmosphere of security, comfort, and warmth reminiscent of her Korean home. Song wanted to bring people into her personal sanctuary, as a designer who believes that there’s no boundary separating design.

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Moon Choi

Moon Choi has used her craft to break down the barriers between male and female, representing how individual can adopt any identity they choose, giving them power over their own lifestyle.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Natasha AliaParsons School of Design

Natasha Alia

"Last summer I found myself atop a glacier in Svalbard, in the Norwegian archipelago, hoping it wouldn’t calve beneath my feet. I ended up in that spot because I wanted my thesis to revolve around exploration and inhabiting the uninhabitable, so I thought trekking glacial landscapes would come in handy".

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Annie LiParsons School of Design

Annie Li

For my thesis collection, titled “The Daydreamer,” I drew inspiration from Frances Burnett’s The Secret Garden. The collection sets out in an escapist dream of the nostalgic old English countryside, where a little girl finds herself in the middle of a magical garden.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Xingyuan XuParsons School of Design

Xingyuan Xu

Inspired by a group of concealed Chinese hermits avoiding the noise and perils of life, Xianyuan's current collection combines her visual preference of seeing 2-dimensionally with her understanding of the Chinese spirit of “concealing”.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Angela LunaParsons School of Design

Angela Luna

Angela Luna designed her thesis to help Syrian Refugees.

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Parsons Benefit Show 2016 by Ezra XiaParsons School of Design

Ezra Xia

Ezra's collection for her thesis involved simple silhouettes, but highly graphic printed fabrics. The fabrics also had a trompe 'loeil effect. Individual motifs within her prints popped out in a 3D quilted effect.

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