Parsons alumna Fabiola Arias is one of four designers selected to participate in the second-annual SHINMAI Creator's Project, where she will be showing her Fall 2010 collection made up of 20 looks at Japan’s Fashion Week in Tokyo, in March. This is the second year that Parsons was represented in this event, with alumnus Nima Taherzadeh showing his collection in the first annual SHINMAI Creator's Project.
The Japan Fashion Week Organization established the SHINMAI Creator's Project, provides an entrée into the Japanese fashion market for both domestic and foreign-talented young designers.
Through the SHINMAI Creator's Project and Japan Fashion Week, the organization aspires to increase Tokyo's reputation as the world's textile and fashion base and enhance Tokyo as the center of fashion business in Asia.
"This is such an exciting time in my career and I feel so privileged to be receiving this honor," says Arias. "I am overjoyed with the opportunity to introduce my designs to the Japanese market and eager to visit Tokyo to begin working on my new collection."
Arias started her own label while studying at Parsons, and she made her New York Fashion Week debut in 2009. Her involvement in the fashion world stems from when she was just 16, and she unveiled her first collection at Miami Fashion Week 2005, where she was later invited to participate in FUNK-SION Fashion & Music Festival. Arias has interned for Esteban Cortazar, creative director at Emmanuel Ungaro, Marc Jacobs, Narcisco Rodriguez, and Maggie Norris.