February 3, 2010


Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design
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Exhibition and Symposium Celebrate Launch of New Graduate Fashion Programs at Parsons

To mark the establishment of new graduate programs in fashion at Parsons The New School for Design, the school is presenting an exhibition and symposium that explores the legacy of work wear in American fashion and its influence on contemporary constructions of New York as a fashion capital. This fall, Parsons will be launching two new programs, an MFA in Fashion Design and Society and an MA in Fashion Studies. Both programs are interdisciplinary in nature, placing fashion in a contemporary, global context that recognizes its significance as a cultural, social, and economic force. For more information, visit

Monday, February 8 — Friday, March 5, 2010
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue, New York

Illustrating the themes of WORKWEAR, this exhibition includes a film installation of Donna Karan‘s Seven Easy Pieces collection; Boilersuit by Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons in collaboration with Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller; Paul Fejos’ silent-film classic, Lonesome (1928); a mascot installation by communication designers Rebecca and Mike; a newly commissioned film by Boudicca; and installations by Shelley Fox, director of the MFA program.

Saturday, February 13, 2010
9:30 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue, New York
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The symposium explores WORKWEAR from historical, cultural and sociological perspectives, including an unpublished photo essay by Walker Evans, as well as discussions with fashion historians, critics and designers including Zowie Broach of Boudicca; writer and critic Vince Aletti; museum scholar Phillis Dillon; Courtland Institute lecturer Rebecca Arnold; Parsons MA Fashion Studies Director Heike Jenss; Central Saint Martins research fellow Alistair O’Neill; Parsons Associate Chair of Photography George Pitts; Fashion Film Festival Director Marketa Uhlirova; London College of Fashion Media & Programmes Director Nilgin Yusuf; costume historian Peter Dervis; and City University of New York Fashion Studies Co-Director Eugenia Paulicelli.

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