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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Parsons BFA Fashion Benefits Show II

Again clean cut neuteak color but with creative details in the structure

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There is a rapid growth in the market segmentation called ‘creativity professionals’. They are someone between the artists designers and business professionals. They need type of clothing that is creative, tasteful but not too exaggerate for office. This group fits in this category.

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Final presentation of the second group.

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Speech delivered by the dean of Parsons and another alumni. Btw the speeches are all very short, which is very nice.

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Then another short video showing the key pieces of the students. The new school also have film and music programs, which obviously is another big advantage to make the video.

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Parsons BFA Fashion Benefits Show I

Parsons BFA Fashion Benefits Show Preview. The long queue was started nearly 1 hour before the show started. May is the ‘show’ season at fashion schools. Started from the panel discussions, to the static show, followed by this preview and tonight will be the big show, which costs minimum 1000 usd up to 10000 usd for a ticket. This big show is for industry people to watch and a fund raising event.

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It is always interesting to see fashion worn by the audience at the fashion shows.

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The show starts from childrens wear. The show is in an auditorium so the stage space is limited. But obviously Parsons is doing very smartly. Noticed how different the catwalk stage looks different with normal fashion stage? It is a horizontal zigzag stage. We can only see the model from the side, the big projector in the center offers a live show of the front view of the clothing.

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Mix and match is always in. Here the designers assemble the yarn and fur into one piece.

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Mens wear is becoming more interesting now just like womens wear. The tendency of androgyny makes it sometimes difficult to define who is man who is woman. But in fashion industry who cares? Anything is possible.

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You shall notice that most of the collections are in neutral colors. Rarely see bold exuberant kaleidoscopically colors from Parsons collection. From marketability perspective neutral color are always the safe one.

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Another Chinese designer’s work. It is thrilling to see the rapid emergence of these young Chinese talents. 20 years ago most Asian design students were from Japan. Later were Korean students, now the turn of Chinese students. Add oil~:) Chinese boys and girls!

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Final look of the first group.

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Followed by a speech fm the dean of fashion school and the alumni.

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Then a short video showing the interview with alumni like Anna Sui. Donna Karen…

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Parsons School of Fashion BFA Final Static Show.

Parsons School of Fashion BFA Final Static Show. After seeing the MFA show last week you will see the differences between MFA and BFA. Sorry for not including the names of designers this time as I forgot to record names. The cutting structure of the side seam of this piece is very interesting.

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This is not my favorite one but it has some features. One of the judges in last week’s final thesis presentation commented that red was the most risky color for clothes. Clothes in red either sell the best or the worst. The reality turns out to be the same. Designer has to be very careful when using red for large space.

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I think this piece would have a better market if it is either on plain black fabric with rhinestones or colored striped fabric or having strong contrast of graphic patterns without rhinestones. I don’t know whether it is because of the problem of cutting or of the mannequin, the clothing devoids of a soul.

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The printing on the felting fabric is quite interesting. But it still makes me feel need a bit more improvement in design. There could be more innovation in the cutting. Having said that, the texture and color of the fabric is pretty nice.

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This dress is very nice. Its design is not so surprising but it would sell well. Unfortunately the picture does not show much details

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Laser cutting is in vogue. The fabric of the orange part is made of woven bags.

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The graduation works of fashion marketing students are also on display. The projector is playing interviews of students while there are several ipads in the room in which viewers could check details of their works. On the wall there are final presentation of the merchandise planning that covers storyboard, color board and merchandise planning. This merchandise planning is very much like the one in the real business world. Of course, the line in a real company is much larger.

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A corner of the static show.

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The night of May 21st, 2014 would be the BFA fashion benefits show of School of Fashion at Parsons. Diane Von Fertenburg, Jason Wu and other leading figures of high fashion houses would be there. This is one of the most magnificent annual events in the school. Prices of tickets range from 1000 USD to 10,000 USD, which would be donated as scholarships for students in the future. Stay tuned!

Parsons MFA Fashion Design and Society final exhibition.

Parsons MFA Fashion Design and Society final exhibition.

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Liquid box. The top layer is made of Polyester and under it, the color part was made of Chine de crepe.

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Beads collection by a Chinese student.

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Oversized silhouette, texture of the fabric especially with laser cutting are popular.

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Again oversized silhouette, unfinnished hems, irregular cutting are in vogue. MFA are more for conceptual development.

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Nice prints. It takes a while to figure out how to wear it

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Again as u see, oversized scale heavy metal look beads. Every part is exaggerated but still wearable.

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Again unfinished trimming.

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“I am who I am.” Oversized but cropped jackets. Every details are exaggerated, the waist, the bow, the color block. Nice color coordination – very clean color. By a Chinese student. One of the best in my view.

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Oversized scale O shape. Laser cutting embroidery. Mix of knitwear and silk, heavy and light fabric, opaqueness and transparency. It is worthy of notes that many people think Parsons are strong in creativity but not technology, in fact Parsons students are also very good at craftsmanship. Students are obligated to make all garments by themselves except for the small parts that may need special equipments or trimming. I would say Parsons strength lies in its balance of creativity, marketability and craftsmanship that is why their students are popular in the job market.

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Check the details – very good yarns and craftsmanship. Mix and match are still popular. Woven and knitwear, heavy and light, wildness and delicacy, three dimensional and flat, all are displayed here. Speaking of techniques, there are great use of laser cutting and 3D printing in this graduation presentation.

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Parsons MFA Fashion Design and Society final exhibitions are all held at places provided by big companies. This year, it is in the headquarter of Gucci. Last year, it was in the place sponsored by Diane Von Furstenberg. The first year was supported by Donna Karen. In New York, there are certain industrial advantages – students are able to do interns in high-end designers brands. Chinese colleges do not have such convenience. The one on the left with a pair of glasses is the head of Fashion Design College, Simon Collins. Former head Tim Gun was the one held Project Runway and after his term, he went to Liz Claiborne. Simon was from Nike but he joined Nike after I left there. So we missed each other in a sense. The middle one which is the CEO of Gucci is said to be able to speak Chinese. The one on the right is the director Shelley Fox, graduate from central Saint Martin College of Arts and Design. She is the student of the famous teacher, Louise Wilson.

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I love fashion not only because it beautifies our life but also it identifies people and shapes and mirrors the society. At fashion party the most interesting part sometimes is not the show itself but the audience.

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Parsons Final Thesis Presentation – Childrens collection.

Sporty but still girlish. Nice color coordination.

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It is not very easy to do childrens 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 boys 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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Parsons Final Thesis Presentation – Womens collection.

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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Parsons Final Thesis Presentation – Accessory section.

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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Final Thesis Panel Presentation of BFA Fashion Design – Parsons 2014

This is the Final Thesis Panel Presentation of BFA Fashion Design of Parson 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.

1

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.

2

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

3

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.

4

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.

5

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.

6

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.

7

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.

8

This girl seems small but her works are very grand.

9

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.

10

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

11

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.