MFA Textiles and MFA Fashion Design and Society Celebrate Graduates at New York Fashion Week

The show featured the work of 15 designers who represent the next generation of American fashion

MFA Textiles and MFA Fashion Design and Society Celebrate Graduates at New York Fashion Week

Spring Studios recently welcomed the 2022 graduates of the MFA Fashion Design and Society program with a runway show featuring the work of 15 designers who represent the next generation of American fashion, with collections exploring gender and the body, creative reuse and sustainability. , and speculative futures and world-making. The presentation also included graduates of the MFA Textiles program, which featured 4 designers whose work highlighted and examined issues related to culture and identity, sustainability and material innovation, and decolonization.

The show was put together in partnership with IMG and produced by Beyond8 Productions and creative director Dario Calmese. Hair was provided by Gary Baker and UNITE Haircare, and makeup by Claire Perez. Advertising support was provided by The Hinton Group.

“I am thrilled to have celebrated the MFA Fashion Design and Society Generation 11 thesis collections and selected the final work of MFA Textiles Generation 3 at New York Fashion Week,” said Ben Barry, Dean of Fashion at Parsons. . “On display are wild creativity, a plurality of aesthetic possibilities, and a deep grounding in designing from storytelling and in crafting practices that heal and transform the world – all illustrating teaching and learning that take place in our programs at the School of Fashion and at Parsons. ”

by WeiRan his work combines digital techniques and craftsmanship to reinvent everyday objects in the world of styling. She aims to create a new visual language through digital manipulation and textile experimentation, constructing new visual elements and blurring the boundaries between the physical and virtual worlds through fashion.

With its collection of theses, Eva Heugenhauser aims to critically consider the concepts of time and value, and therefore offers an abstract and innovative understanding of a sustainable design approach by developing its own ephemeral textile combined with a strong passion for sewing and pattern making.

In his collection of masters, Marlene Haase studied the social and historical context of cotton clothing. In her collection, she worked with original fast fashion clothes that illegally entered the American market and redesigned them according to her value system. With her collection, she intends to open a discussion on the value and workmanship of the most popular clothing items: denim jeans, trench coats and jersey sweaters.

According Lilac Ferdi, “I have always collected fabrics, scraps and pieces of clothing to rework them together as a final canvas. This collection is not that, nor will it be future, but rather it will manifest through a “system” engaging designers, manufacturers and customers for us to understand garments and how they move in function of our body and our life.

Zhiqing Zhang (Qing), aka Princess of Chinatown, is a multidisciplinary artist and fashion designer. Born and raised in southern China, Qing’s upbringing has a huge impact on her work. Qing’s artistic creation incorporates several fields, including clothing, makeup, styling, film, performance, etc., while most of Qing’s works focus on exploring gender, sexuality, self-expression, body image, identity and culture of the LGBTQ community.

at Ying Feng collection of theses is a reflection on a society deeply rooted in patriarchy. From advocating for sex work to celebrating youth, Ying presents these themes through a range of craft techniques such as crochet, beading, embroidery and working with upcycled clothing. Ying has a background in visual communication design and loves working with multimedia like video and book. She is also the founder of Club Innocent.

“Since I grew up in different districts of China, the construction and transformation of different cultures and identities cause me gender confusion from a background formed by men as a girl,” says Tao Li. So, as a fashion designer, it’s important to reflect past-present-future thinking to indicate my trauma emotionally and directly through fashion as art therapy. Expose my insecurity to make me feel safe.

“After coming to Parsons, I want to broaden the definition of connecting with the audience and keep the concept simple because I hope the end product can be used to explain the idea so people can understand and relate to it. enjoy,” says Meng Ling Chung. “Therefore, in my recent works, I want to use play as a bridge for clothes and people to interact to create memories. This intention is the same as our DIY works when we were young; even if it is not perfect, it will still be preserved. As a designer, I think of creating a mechanism that allows people to change the shape of a garment with their own ideas and simple operations. I create a shape and the audience brings it to life.

Sarah Hawes‘The MFA thesis work does not fit into the typical framework of a fashion collection. His work is grounded in his concerns about the future consequences and implications of the current relationship between science, technology and humans. His project stems from ethnographic research and his personal discomfort of living in a generation where global chaos reigns at all times in all directions. She began her research by capturing the DNA and lived reality of undocumented and unnoticed everyday moments in everyday life and incorporated its essence into her own experience to create a communal approach to design.

Despite the fashion collections, Anna Zhang work also includes textiles, installation art, painting and film. She enjoys exploring the relationship between the human body and the environment through different art forms. She believes that fabric is just a commodity, only when it interacts with bodies can it truly become a powerful work. Textile is the key language of Anna’s fashion work. She masters various textile technologies, such as knitting, printing, dyeing, embroidery, etc. She always tells her stories by exploring creative and sustainable matter.

Alexandra Petina is a Russian designer. After earning her BA in Moscow, she traveled to London to study at Central Saint Martins and chose New York as the final destination for her college experience. She has a multidisciplinary approach to fashion, as the making of body-scale images and appreciates the variety of tools and multimedia aspects of fashion design.

Xiaomi Chen is a knitwear designer from Taiwan, specializing in computer programming/knitting. “My research starts from the study of the ‘post-human’ and focuses on ‘situated knowledge’, which means that different perspectives would lead to different definitions. The term is used most often in perspectives stemming from social constructionism, radical feminism, and postmodernism to emphasize their view that absolute and universal knowledge is impossible.

According Ruiyu Zheng, “For my project, I would like to integrate traditional Chinese craftsmanship and furniture into fashion in a new way. I hope my collection returns to an artisan level, each piece has a unique texture and emotional content. In the process of combining the furniture elements and the structure of the garment, I found the silhouette of the collections to express my story. And I hope my story can bring fashion, as a human connection, closer to how to apply craftsmanship, which is a kind of emotional craftsmanship through objects.

As a fashion designer, liu liu sees fashion design as a tool to respond in various ways to the notion of authentic self. Her works relate to the exploration of the intimate relationship between emotion and clothing and the conformist phenomena of dressing and defining clothing through gender-neutral fashion. She hopes her work can change people’s stereotypical thinking.

Asato Kitamura parents believed in a religion called Nichiren-Shoshu in Japan. He grew up surrounded by beautiful things such as religious sculptures. However, her parents’ relationship was weak and there was always a dissonance in her household. His imagination was born in an environment where dissonance, made by the negative emotions of humans and prayer to God were always intertwined. In graduate school, he devoted himself to the philosophies of Freud and Nietzsche, interweaving his own experience and exploring the affirmation of trauma and the value of imperfections. For him, fashion is a ritual that sublimates the pain of life in elegance.

Joseph E. Golightly