Parsons The New School for Design

Kering Launches Free Environmental Calculator for Fashion Designers

Photo by Milada Vigerova/Unsplash Kering has launched an environmental calculator that will serve as the backbone of a new fashion-design curriculum at Parsons School of Design at The…

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Parsons Student Designed Fashion Line to Help Syrian Refugees

CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES “This collection is an ode to these people: everyone who can no longer return home due to war and violence,” Luna said. “To those who are on…

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Parsons, Tide Educate Next Generation on How to "Design for Care"

DESIGN FOR CARE Part of the Parsons Festival, the garments are among a number of projects that the school says embody its “human­-centered approach to technology and commitment…

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Parsons Fashion Dean Burak Cakmak: "There's a Recognized Need for Sustainability"

“There’s a recognized need for sustainability, especially if you’re a large business. We’re at a point where there’s nowhere to hide. You can’t make excuses like…

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Parsons's Timo Rissanen: Stop With the Organic T-Shirts Already

“One thing that drives me crazy is when I get an email that starts with, ‘We are a start-up and here is our organic-cotton T-shirt.’ The fact that it’s organic doesn’t…

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Parsons, Eileen Fisher Team Up to Recycle Old Clothing Into New

If the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in New York City has been looking a little disordered of late, rest assured, it’s for a good cause. From now through Sunday, the Arnold and…

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Parsons Announces Winner of Its First Faux-Fur Fashion Competition

Xuanxuan Li knows a little something about faking it till you make it. The Parsons The New School for Design student is the winner of the school’s first-ever faux-fur competition,…

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37 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2014

ECO-FASHION ORACLES 1. Orsola de Castro (Estethica, From Somewhere, Reclaim to Wear) 2. Judy Gearhart (International Labor Rights Forum) 3. Jason Kibbey (Sustainable Apparel Coalition,…

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Kate Fletcher's "Local Wisdom" Promotes Clothing as Personal Narrative

What is Local Wisdom trying to accomplish? We’re trying to find ways to increase the uptake of some of the things that we’re seeing, some of the knowledge and wisdom that we…

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Have a Garment With a Story? Participate in a "Local Wisdom" Photo Shoot

WISE CLOTHING Nearly 30 percent of the average person’s closet sits unused and unworn for at least a year, resulting in $50 billion worth of neglected garments going to waste,…

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You Can Finally Buy Loomstate's Student-Designed Zero-Waste Anorak (But Hurry, Only 10 Were Made!)

Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre When Parsons student Andria Crescioni won Loomstate’s zero-waste challenge in February, she didn’t just receive accolades and the…

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Parsons Students' Water-Saving AirDye Fashions Hit the Catwalk

AIRDYE x PARSONS AirDye technology is a patented process that uses 90 percent less water and 85 percent less energy than traditional dyeing methods. Developing the fabrics was only the…

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Hannah Learner Uses Repurposed Fabrics to Create Zero-Waste Fashion

MADE OVER Although Learner didn’t enroll in Timo Rissanen’s zero-waste program at Parsons—”I double-majored in journalism, so class-scheduling is a puzzle,”…

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Parsons Students Team Up With AirDye on Water-Saving Eco-Fashion

CONSIDERED DESIGN Simply put, AirDye technology applies color to textiles without water. Comprising a patented process that uses 90 percent less water and 85 percent less energy than…

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How Can Fashion Designers Make Clothes Less Disposable?

Photo by Howard Lake The following is an excerpt from Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes (2011, Earthscan), edited by Alison Gwilt and Timo…

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Loomstate, Parsons Showcase Students' Zero-Waste Fashion Projects

Loomstate’s Scott Mackinlay Hahn, winning student Andria Crescioni, and Parsons instructor Timo Rissanen Zero-waste fashion received a ringing endorsement this past fall when…

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Parsons Students Reconstruct Louis Vuitton Garments into Conceptual Art

THE NEW LUXURY Cutting up luxurious Louis Vuitton gown or one of its iconic monogrammed purses might be verboten—even sacriligeous—in most circles but don’t tell that to the…

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