Parsons Paris

Parsons Paris.

Culture and Place

The home of America’s first fashion design program, founded in 1906, Parsons helped establish New York City’s Seventh Avenue as the epicenter of American fashion. Today, with the development of the MFA in Fashion Design and Society, Parsons maintains its leadership role in fashion design education and serves to increase the presence of Seventh Avenue as an international center of savvy business practices, artistic innovation, and engaged citizenship.


Located in one of the world's fashion capitals, the School of Fashion at Parsons offers students in the Fashion Design and Society program the opportunity to immerse themselves in the fashion industry. The school has designated state-of-the-art facilities for the sole use of MFA Fashion Design and Society students, enabling them to build a focused graduate culture. The space accommodates design research, cutting, and construction and includes a specialist knitwear studio. Each studio is equipped with overhead multimedia projectors and projector screens, enabling students to develop critiques requiring multimedia access and to carry on remote discussions with visiting designers and industry professionals from around the world.  


The MFA Fashion Design and Society is ideally positioned to maximize exposure to the international community. The program will present a yearly exhibition and live fashion event during New York Fashion Week in September to showcase the best work from the previous year’s graduating class.

The school sponsors a lecture series featuring professionals speaking on topics such as copyrighting, contracts, PR, marketing and branding, and fashion show production. Speakers include stylists, historians, curators, designers, international sales agents, business management, buyers, and retailers representing independent boutiques, department stores, and e-commerce.