parsons school of design presents "we dem kids" mfa fashion design and society activation at the brooklyn museum

Photos by Dan Lecca

NEW YORK, September 11, 2023 – The MFA Fashion Design and Society program (MFA FDS) in the School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design presented “WE DEM KIDS,” the work of its 12th generation of graduates during an activation as part of New York Fashion Week at the Brooklyn Museum on September 11, 2023.

The MFA FDS recently welcomed Lucia Cuba as the new Program Director and Sariah Park as Associate Director. Both their practices and vision for fashion education stand at the intersection of social justice and expanded fashion practices, a change in leadership that marks a new approach for the MFA Program centered on the designer's role, agency, and power to impact society and the planet. 

This year’s activation, entitled “WE DEM KIDS,” presents the work of graduates Anna Roth, Chang Liu, Fabiola Soavelo, Hsiao-Han Kuo, Mel Corchado, Nan Jian, Natsum Aoki, Pipenco Lorena, Ren Haixi, Siri, Story, Sunny Ning, Yamil Arbaje, Ying Kong and Yu Gong, who reflect on the beauty of shared experiences, the resilience of heritage, and those unshakable bonds that tie us to the past and propel us into the future.

With School of Fashion (SoF) faculty member Jeff Karly Drouillard's creative direction and storytelling, Tiffany Webber's production, a team of students from across programs at the SoF assisting in multiple processes of the production of the show, and the Brooklyn Museum’s historic landmark and active role in New York’s arts and culture communities, “WE DEM KIDS” invites viewers to rethink the times and places where fashion is experienced: an invitation to engage with fashion as visual art and performance. 

The MFA FDS program extends special thanks to Matthew Curtis for hair, Major Face led by T. Cooper for make-up, Wespeak Models, BROWN JANE Girl, as well as our beverage sponsors, including Celsius, Health-Ade Kombucha, Rasāsvāda, Topo Chico and VOSS.

A full selection of runway photos can be found here.

Parsons School of Design at The New School 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, as well as online courses, degree and certificate programs. 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.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.


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