Assistant Professor of Fashion
Brendan C. McCarthy has an interdisciplinary academic and professional practice that combines fashion systems design and quantitative analytical methods with a conceptual art practice comprised of filmmaking, performance and installation. McCarthy has been a Parsons faculty member since 2012 and has taught in the MFA Fashion Design and Society, the BFA Fashion and the First-Year programs, respectively. He received his BA in mathematics from Columbia University and MFA in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design. His academic training also includes studying architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to his transition to art and design, McCarthy worked in finance for Morgan Stanley as a research analyst. He is extremely passionate about teaching and working with students. His professional and research practices are deeply intertwined with his pedagogical endeavors and echo the interdisciplinarity of his academic training. He is presently engaged in an international collaborative fashion systems research project entitled elLABel with UK-based artist and garment maker, Isabelle Webster. elLABel is an experimental, fashion design and production laboratory that mines diverse histories and traditions of fashion, specific people, communities, materials and making processes to engage critical social matters and issues of sustainability. McCarthy’s art work, which has been exhibited in the U.S., the United Kingdom and China, combines darkly humorous, quixotic sensibilities with the use of precisely selected materials with rich, complex histories. Previously, he has been artist-in-residence at Mildred’s Lane, as well as, the Wassaic Project. Outside of the classroom and studio, McCarthy is an avid surfer and advocate for clean oceans as a member of the Surfrider Foundation.