A lot of buzz has been surrounding Parsons lately. In addition to being ranked number 5 on Business Insider’s list of the World’s Best Design Schools (WOO!!), we’re extending our reach across the Atlantic. From the Big Apple to the City of Love, Parsons is officially making its mark in France…and a big one at that.
Former Parsons student Alexander Wang has been named the newest Creative Director of the Paris-based fashion house Balenciaga. Mr. Wang attended Parsons for Fashion Design in the early 2000s and even competed in the Fusion Fashion Show—the annual competition between Parsons and F.I.T. that pits some of the best young fashion designers against each other in a full-blown runway show. He began his own fashion label in 2005, garnering a lot of attention when he launched his first complete ready-to-wear collection at New York Fashion Week in 2007. Alexander Wang’s eponymous label has been celebrated by the fashion industry for its modern edge and cool-sleek aesthetic, winning him the approval of Vogue Editor-in-Chief of Anna Wintour and the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award in 2008. With the recent departure of Nicolas Ghesquière from the French fashion house, the industry speculated about his replacement. On November 29th, it was announced that 28-year old Alexander Wang will head Balenciaga’s womenswear, menswear, and accessories lines. While he’ll continue designing for his namesake house in New York, Mr. Wang will be packing his bags for Paris to prepare for his first collection under the Balenciaga empire.
Get ready to trade your bagel for a croissant, Parsonistas. Starting next fall, Parsons will be opening its doors to the new Parsons Paris. Originally iniated in 1921 by Frank Alvah Parsons, the reincarnation of the Paris branch had been a project in development by our Executive Dean Joel Towers and The New School’s president, David Van Zandt. The new campus will accommodate 300 to 500 students pursuing undergraduate (BFA Fashion Design, BFA Art, Media, & Technology, and BBA Strategic Design & Management) or graduate degrees (MFA Design & Technology, MA Fashion Studies, MA Design Studies, MA History of Decorative Arts & Design). Credits between the New York campus and the Paris campus will be freely transferable, making an international education more fluid and providing an easy option for students wishing to study abroad. Vous ne parlez pas français? No problem! Courses at Parsons Paris will be taught in English. For more information regarding the new campus and programs, check out the Parsons Paris page.