On Thursday, February 4, Parsons The New School for Design celebrates the launch of its MFA program in Fashion Design and Society by presenting an evening with alumna Donna Karan, who helped initiate the program.
The event is part of Workwear, a special series that celebrates the legacy of workwear in American fashion and its influence on contemporary conceptions of New York as a fashion capital. Karan will discuss her work and career, including her phenomenally successful signature label, inspired by her desire to “design modern clothes for modern people.” Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, moderates the event.
Workwear includes an exhibition and symposium at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. The exhibition, on view February 8 through March 5, features iconic and cutting-edge work including Donna Karan’s Seven Easy Pieces and installations by the experimental designer Shelley Fox. A symposium on February 13 explores the theme of workwear from historical, cultural, and sociological perspectives. Workwear is presented in collaboration with the University of the Arts, London. This event is free, but reservations are required. For more information, visit the Workwear website.
The MFA in Fashion Design and Society is one of two graduate programs in fashion that Parsons is launching this fall; the other is the MA in Fashion Studies. Both are the first of their kind in the United States and are interdisciplinary in nature, placing fashion in a contemporary global context and recognizing its significance as a cultural, social, and economic force. For more information, visit the Parsons website.