“I had no training. I’d never sewn a garment in my life. I didn’t know how to draw. But I had a vision.” Red-hot, red-carpet favorite Jay Godfrey unabashedly gives credit to Parsons’ AAS Fashion Design program (then called Fashion Studies) for bolstering that vision with the skills, the connections, and the aesthetic agility that together with his background in finance have taken him to the top of the fashion world in no time at all. Godfrey’s style of carefree elegance took shape in the relaxed, focused, “inspirational environment” of his Parsons classes and during a pivotal internship at Oscar de la Renta.
The Toronto native zeroed in on Parsons because his own fashion heroes were Parsons alumni (think Tom Ford), and because of the power of the Parsons name: “Saying ‘I went to design school’ and ‘I went to Parsons’ are two very different things.” Today, Godfrey’s work is celebrated by the press, coveted by young Hollywood, and carried by luxury boutiques and major retailers worldwide. At the 2008 AAS Line Debut Fashion Show, Godfrey was presented with the Stacie Nipps Alumni Achievement Award.