Final Thesis Panel Presentation of BFA Fashion Design-Parsons 2014

This is the Final Thesis Panel Presentation of BFA Fashion Design of Parsons in 2014. Students would display their works first and then receive individual comments. Every student would do his or her individual presentation. I like this series very much. But it has a high requirement of the body – only tall people could wear it. So this one suits European market fine.

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This series of dresses is made up of wooden chips. The studio starts to use warm light so the shooting effect seems not so good.

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This series of red dresses is very pretty, especially the one on the right up corner. It uses laser cutting.

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The theme of this series is dream. Designer painted her dreams down and then printed them on cloth. The scenes are mainly about ocean and wave.

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This design is inspired by sound wave. Every piece would reflect the designer’s personality. This designer is very outgoing and is a huge fan of pop music.

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I find that most Asian designers are inspired by either dreams or fairy tales, which feel very romantic and has strong Asian features. I hear at least five designers use such way to create their story. All of them are Asian – Chinese, Japanese and Korean. This series is inspired by rabbit in animation. If you check the last one closely, it does feel like a little rabbit.

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This series is inspired by nightmare. Ho ho, there are indeed so many dreams. But this series is quite different from the previous sweet Asian style.

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This designer is mixed blood. Her mother is Japanese so she adopts kimono into her story. Her works are also in hybridity. The French sociologist Pierre Boudieu’s habitus theory could be used everywhere. Everyone is influenced by his or her living environment and then he or she would influence social development.

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This girl seems small but her works are very grand.

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I am very optimistic of the future of this boy. He adopts the way cutting male suits into making female clothes. This might not be innovative but the proportion is very accurate. When some female garments use more cloth and cutting of male suits features, they would look like male suits – lacking necessary femininity. Also he makes a good match of geometry shapes, patterns as well as fabrics.

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The dress in the right bottom is made of pvc and felting. The shape is simple but color and pattern are very attractive.

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The creativity in Parson means creativity under commercial value. This is totally different from the iconoclasm and complete wild creativity in Saint Martin. All judges come from fashion industry – buyers, designers, curators and media. The most frequent questions raised by judges are where your personal identity is shown, where you plan to sell the series, with what brands you will place your works. The most suggestions offered are that these are good concepts, but you include too many different elements and you need to be simpler. But generally speaking, the comments are very good. I think these works are pretty good. They achieve a quite nice balance between commercial value and creativity. At least 5o% of the products could be sold in shops directly after slight changes.

Horse riding collections, including hammer, belt, bags and shoes. The presentation form testifies students’ presentation skills, merchandise planning and mix and match skills. Give attention to the set up of the table, the visual display is part of the exam. Again, creative in details and marketable, excellent craftsmanship. All students are requested to make products by themselves.

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My one favor collection. Made of fish skin. Natural but energetic color, eco~friendly. Again, good combination of merchandise and color story.

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Another my favoured collection. The designer used wood mould and compressed air to press the sculpture look of surface. The graphics are also interesting, keys, glasses, coins…all the stuff you place in your bags normally. This is about being creativity but still marketable. Smart, fun and functional. Would you buy one of them? I will.

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This collection was inspired by ocean. Well you can tell by the color and the texture. The designer dip the leather into water than use hand to create and mould the wave texture. The ocean blue color looks better than it is on picture. The pale orange decoration just brightens the whole collection.

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Every one loves this oversized jacket. Again exaggerated in details but still wearable and marketable. Noticed the oversized pocket and hem, plus the oversized loops on shoulder and back.

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Follow the previous oversized cardigan, these were designed by the same student. Two layered skirt with an oversized pocket.

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Inspired by body movement. Used tone on tone red color story plus the mix of the wool and silk to show the richness of the texture, informative but not complicated.

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Sporty but still girlish. Nice color coordination.

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It is not very easy to do children’s wear. Very often the design is a miniature of adults collection. But Parsons students demonstrated some talents in this area. This jacket is my favor too, simple clean cut but not boring. Good for teenager girl for schools in any formal event.

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Another wonderful boy’s collection. First, the models are so cute to cettain degree they distract some of the attentions…the color patterns look great on these little boys. All clean cut, color and pattern form a good story here.

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