Collins, Simon


Simon Collins
Studied Fashion at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design and Epsom School of Art and Design
Dean of Fashion, Parsons The New School for Design

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Areas of Expertise:
Fashion Design, Global Fashion Industry, Design Diplomacy, and Sustainability in Fashion
Driven by a lifelong compulsion to create beautiful solutions, Simon Collins is a creative provocateur whose practice brings together design, strategy, communication, business and creative direction. Originally from Bournemouth, UK, his work is internationally known across the fashion landscape, offering an insight and perspective sought by corporations, brands, publications, governments and institutions alike.

In 2008, Collins added to his successful career as a creative director to become Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons The New School of Design. Over these past five years the School of Fashion has achieved incredible success including collaborations with the world’s most influential brands and companies including Louis Vuitton, Kering, I.T,, IRIS, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, Uniqlo, Allen Edmonds, LVMH, Swarovski, Christian Louboutin, MCM, Coach, Banana Republic, Gap, MADE Fashion Week, Peroni, Bergdorf Goodman and many more. Under his deanship, Parsons successfully developed and launched the world class MFA program in Fashion Design + Society and enabled its runway debut at NYFW in fall of 2012. His creative leadership has contributed to making the Parsons Fashion Benefit one of the most important fashion events in New York, raising up to $2 million each year in scholarships.

Additionally Parsons has gained huge awareness in China, Korea and Brazil, and in 2013 reestablished its presence in Paris. In Beijing, Collins serves on the Advisory Board of Tsinghua University alongside Giorgio Armani. In China, he also appears on the national broadcast channel CCTV6 as a Chief Fashion Judge for Creative Sky. In Sao Paolo, Brazil, he advises designer Carlos Miele on international expansion. In New York, he works closely with Milk Studios and the MADE team to create projects that showcase and promote young emerging designers, and he’s a mentor for Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Venture Fellows Program. Collins also advises fashion-related companies including: Fashion GPS (London, NY, Paris), Byronesque (NY), Semeiotics/Rue du Mail (HK, NY, Paris), Duncan Quinn (US). Collins speaks internationally on all aspects of design thinking and most recently hosted a panel discussion on the Future of Sustainable Fashion with Vogue and H&M. He has spoken at the International Art & Fashion conference in Bilbao, Spain, at Dubai’s Fashion Forward in UAE, and most recently in Shanghai, China for Parsons PTV Executive Educational Program.

His speech on turning a design school into a global brand at the PSFK New York conference has received a great deal of international attention. He’s spoken about Zero Waste and Sustainability in Bangkok at the request of the Royal Thai Government, and about Design Thinking for Global Brands alongside British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Korean President Park Geun-hye at The Korea Economic Daily’s Global Forum in Seoul. He has also spoken at some of the world’s leading MBA schools including Wharton (US), Tsinghua (China), and ISEM (Spain).

Prior to joining Parsons, Collins was Creative Director of Nike’s $900 million Asia Pacific Division working with Comme des Garçons and Issey Miyake. Before Nike he worked with Marks and Spencer (UK), Zegna (Italy), FilaSport (US, Italy), Itochu (UK, Japan, global), Greg Norman Collection (US) and the Burton Group (UK).
Recent Publications:
His published writing includes contributions to Alexander McQueen Evolution by Katherine Gleason, New On The Catwalk by Patrice Farameh, The Man From Zara by Covadonga O’Shea and the foreword for Fashion Art Biennale Seoul.

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