Why did you decide to study at Parsons Paris?
I was attracted by the Parsons name and reputation but was drawn to the Paris location. I found the small class sizes suited me and allowed me to better connect with the faculty.
Integrated Studio (taught by Simone Sommer)
How did you take advantage of the tools and technology at Parsons Paris?
In my final year at Parsons Paris, we got a laser cutter, which infinitely changed my practice. I used it for all of my thesis looks to cauterize the edges of fabric that otherwise would have been too sharp to reasonably put against a person’s skin. The laser cutter was also
an invaluable tool for things like marking out darts in a few seconds and making garment tags.
I used the laser for basically anything that I needed to mark with perfect precision. Creating my thesis collection journals, for example, was really exciting since I could perfectly mark onto the back of the leather I was using for the book covers the exact binding position—and
then engrave my name onto the cover.
I also did things like engrave wooden hangers with my name and use the laser to make the plexiglass invites to the thesis show.
What activities did you take part in at Parsons Paris?
I participated in a number of orientation activities at the beginning of my junior year, including a few movie-watching parties at the dorms. I went on a boat tour at the beginning of the spring 2014 semester (which was lovely!). I also attended the New Year celebration—featuring
lots of desserts—at the beginning of 2015.
How did living in Paris affect your experience?
Paris taught me to be a great deal more patient and self-reliant. It's something of a culture shock to live here, as business hours are not as long as they are in the United States, and people tend not to be quite as accommodating. I really had to plan out my weeks and days
according to how to best make use of the resources available and figure out ways to work around things like missing a hole punch on a Sunday (because shops are closed) for a project due Monday morning. But really, I am much more patient now! When I go back to the U.S. and see
people get agitated after a five-minute wait in line, it's almost funny.
Living in Paris has also taught me about the elegance of living on a smaller scale, appreciating beauty and silence, and not feeling the need to constantly change my environment. Being in close proximity to so many iconic fashion houses, in a city that truly values fashion and
clothing, has really changed the way I experience my work on a day-to-day basis.
Did you get any internship experience?
I interned for Suzy Menkes for several Fashion Weeks (haute couture, ready-to-wear, men's), and worked for InDigital Media as a runner on several occasions. I attended shows like Dior, Chanel, McQueen, Saint Laurent …. In my last fashion week, I saw 52 presentations in eight days.
How would you describe your experience at Parsons Paris?
Parsons Paris is smaller and newer than Parsons in New York. There are tradeoffs—like no job fairs—but also other opportunities not available elsewhere.