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Tim Gunn, Narciso Rodriguez, Tracey Reese, Lela Rose, Mara Hoffman, Kay Unger, and More Turn Out for Shopping Event to Benefit Parsons Scholars Program

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Brihanna Blake, Thi Wan, Tim Gunn, Kay Unger, Yelaine Rodriguez, Elizabeth Peralta, and Genesis Pena

NEW YORK, April 26, 2013— Yesterday, some of the most notable alumni at Parsons The New School for Design came to Bloomingdale’s for b the next, an evening of design and shopping to benefit the next generation of designers supported through the Pre-College Scholars Program at Parsons The New School for Design.

Attending Parsons alumni included Narciso Rodriguez, Tracy Reese, Lela Rose, Alejandro Ingelmo, Mara Hoffman, Carmen Marc Valvo, Kay Unger, Edward Wilkerson of Lafayette 148, Bob Williams of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Parke Lutter & Ronen Jehezkel of Parke & Ronen, as well as Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, who signed copies of his latest book, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible, and New School Board Chair Joe Gromek, New School President David Van Zandt, Parsons Executive Dean Joel Towers, Parsons Dean of Fashion Simon Collins, and Bloomingdale’s Vice Chairman Frank Doroff. Parsons Scholars is a free, art and design college-prep program for motivated New York City public high school students from diverse backgrounds. Ten percent of each purchase of select Bloomingdale’s items was donated to the program during the event.

The Parsons Scholars Pre-College Program enrolls students from grades 10 through 12, who study all aspects of art and design from drawing, illustration, animation, digital photography and video, to architectural design, interior design, accessory design, fashion design, design and management, and more. Ninety-four percent of Scholars complete the program and ninety-five percent of these students enroll in college. The vast majority of Scholars are the first in their families to do so. For more information, please visit http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/scholars

Parsons The New School for Design is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. For more information, please visit www.newschool.edu/parsons.


01 – Parsons Scholars almuni Brihanna Blake, Thi Wan, Yelaine Rodriguez, Elizabeth Peralta, Genesis Pena with Tim Gunn and Kay Unger
02 – Tim Gunn
03 – Tracy Reese
04 – Lela Rose, Kay Unger, Mara Hoffman
05 – Narciso Rodriguez
06 – Kay Unger
07 – Mara Hoffman
08 – Lela Rose
09 – Narciso Rodriguez, Tracy Reese, Edward Wilkerson, Joel Towers
10 – Joel Towers, Robert Williams, David Van Zandt, Kay Unger, Tim Gunn
11 – Joel Towers, Kay Unger, David Van Zandt
12 – Mara Hoffman, Tracy Reese
13 – Tim Gunn, Tracy Reese, Kay Unger, Carmen Marc Valvo, Simon Collins
14 – Parsons Scholars Genesis Pena and Yelaine Rodriguez with Narciso Rodriguez
15 – Kay Unger, Joe Gromek
16 – Back Row: Narciso Rodriguez, Mara Hoffman, Tracy Reese, Lela Rose, Edward Wilkerson, Carmen Marc Valvo, Ronen Jehezkel; Front Row: Yelaine Rodriguez, Kay Unger, Thi Wan, Parke Lutter, Frank Doroff
17 – Alejandro Ingelmo
18 – Parke Lutter, Ronen Jehezkel
19 – Parsons Scholar Thi Wan



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