Parsons Presents Fashion Projects and Fashion in Film Series

Fashion Projects (March 12) Explores Fashion Criticism with Robin Givhan,
Stefano Tonchi, Guy Trebay

Fashion and Film Screens The Eyes of Laura Mars (March 15) and Marnie (April 5)

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NEW YORK, March 1, 2013 – This month, Parsons The New School for Design and its Master of Arts in Fashion Studies celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Fashion Projects, as well as its annual Fashion in Film series.

Fashion Projects
Tuesday, March 12, 6 pm
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue, New York
Free and Open to the Public, RSVP at Eventbrite
In connection with the launch of the new issue of Fashion Projects, a journal of fashion design founded by Parsons professor Francesca Granata, Parsons will host a panel discussion on fashion criticism featuring Robin Givhan, the only fashion critic to receive a Pulitzer Prize; Stefano Tonchi, the editor-in-chief of W Magazine; and Guy Trebay, a culture and style reporter for The New York Times. Givhan, Tonchi, and Trebay were interviewed for the issue, along with the New Yorker’s Judith Thurman and Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune, Vogue's Lynn Yaeger, and others. More information can be found on the Fashion Projects website.

Fashion in Film
Friday, March 15, and Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm
Tishman Auditorium, The New School
66 West 12th Street
Free and Open to the Public
In this annual series, Parsons revisits film classics to show that a pioneering use of fashion and style to dramatize cultural, social, and political taboos renders each a masterpiece.

March 15
Eyes of Laura Mars
Dir. Irvin Kershner, 1978
Introduced by Jeffrey Lieber, Assistant Professor, Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons
Faye Dunaway gives an electric performance as the high priestess of late 1970s chic in this cult-classic fashion thriller, with a glorious pop-rock-aria theme song by Barbra Streisand, and photographs by Helmut Newton. Lieber draws out its connections to the Italian Giallo films of Bava, Fulci, and Argento, and the melodramas of Douglas Sirk. For director Kershner it was a laboratory of stylistic effects that he would go on to perfect in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, making it one of the more influential films of the era.

April 5
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1963
Introduced by John Epperson, Actor and Film Historian
Tippi Hedren stars as a beautiful, but frigid, kleptomaniac with a secret past who is caught and tamed by industrialist-ethnologist-playboy Sean Connery in Hitchcock's psychosexual masterpiece, considered by many to be the last of his great films. One of Hedren's best lines in this film: "What do you mean 'what will I do with myself?' I had, of course, assumed that I would become a society hostess." Introduced by John Epperson, creator of Lypsinka, performer, writer, and film fan.

The Master of Arts in Fashion Studies at Parsons The New School for Design was established to shape a new generation of thinkers to critically address historical, philosophical, and social issues related to fashion design. The program is based in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons, alongside related Master’s programs in Design Studies and the History of Decorative Arts and Design. For more information, visit

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