Located in Parsons' School of Art and Design History and Theory, MA Fashion Studies works with an interdisciplinary body of faculty who are experts within the realms of fashion studies, art and design history and criticism, and visual and cultural studies. The program is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the resources of Parsons, a leader in design education for more than 100 years, as well as the innovative learning environment provided by the The New School.
With its interdisciplinary focus, the Fashion Studies program works with other graduate programs, including the MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design and the MFA in Fashion Design and Society, as well as with programs in other New School divisions. This opens up rich opportunities for students to collaborate across the university and to foster the research and analysis of fashion in its relation to culture and society.
MA Fashion Studies will also take advantage of the resources of New York City and Paris, two of fashion's leading world cities. Classes will not only include visits to the cities' multiple museums, exhibitions, and events, but also encourage students to explore the streets, neighborhoods, and retail spaces that form the unique cultural fabric of each city.