MFA Textiles and MFA Fashion Design and Society celebrated graduates at New York Fashion Week
Spring Studio will welcome the 2022 graduates of the MFA Fashion Design and Society program with a runway show showcasing the work of 15 designers who represent the next generation of American fashion, with collections that explore gender and the body, creative recycling and sustainability, and envisioning the future and the global. The event featured graduates of the MFA Textiles program whose work explored issues of culture and identity, including sustainability and material innovation and decolonization.
The show was produced in collaboration 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. Publicity support was provided by The Hinton Group.
“I am thrilled to celebrate the MFA Fashion Design and Society Generation 11 graduating class and to be selected as a finalist from MFA Textile Generation 3 at New York Fashion Week,” said Ben Barry, Dean of Fashion at Parsons. “There was wild creativity on display, a wealth of aesthetic possibilities, and a deep foundation in designing from narrative and making experiences that heal and change the world—all examples of teaching and learning happening in our programs at the Fashion School and Parsons. “
of Weiran Work combines digital techniques and craftsmanship to recreate standard items in the world of fashion design. She strives to create a new visual language through digital manipulation and textile experimentation, building new visual entities and blurring the boundaries between the physical and virtual worlds of fashion.
With her thesis collection, Eva Heugenhauser Aiming to critically consider the concepts of time and value, and developing her own ephemeral textiles suggesting an abstract and new understanding of sustainable design practice and focusing on a strong desire to work with wear and pattern.
In the collection of masters, Marilyn Hasse He examined the social and historical context of cotton clothing. In her collection, she smuggled original fast fashion clothes into the American market and reinvented her value system. With her collection, she intends to open a conversation about the value and energy of the most popular clothing items: Denim Jeans, Trench Coats and Jersey Sweaters.
according to Lilas individualI am always collecting fabrics, scraps and clothes to rework as a final canvas. This collection is not it, nor will it ever be, but it shows us through a ‘system’ that engages designers, makers and consumers to understand clothes and how they move according to our bodies and lives.
Ziqing Zhang (Qing), Princess of Chinatown, is a multi-disciplinary artist and fashion designer. Born and raised in southern China, Qing’s upbringing has had a major influence on his work. King’s artistic creativity integrates multiple fields including clothing, make-up, styling, film, performance and more, most of King’s work focuses on exploring gender, sexuality, self-expression, body image, identity and the culture of the LGBTQ community.
Ying Feng Theses collection is a reflection of a society rooted in patriarchy. From encouraging sexuality to celebrating femininity, Ying portrays these themes in a variety of artworks such as crochet, beading, embroidery, and utilitarian clothing. Ying has a background in visual communication design and enjoys working with multimedia such as video and books. She is also the founder of Club Innocent.
“Since growing up in different districts of China, the construction and transformation of different cultures and identities created gender confusion for me as a girl, trained by men,” she says. Tao Li. So as a fashion designer, it is important to reflect on the past-present-future thinking to express my trauma emotionally and directly through fashion as art therapy. Expose insecurities so I can feel safe.”
“After coming into Parsons, I want to expand the definition of the relationship with the audience and keep the concept straight because I hope the final product will use itself to explain itself so that people can understand and enjoy it,” he says. Meng Ling Chung. “So, in my latest works, I want to use playfulness as a bridge to remind people to connect with clothes. This purpose is similar to our DIY works in our youth; Although it is not perfect, it is still preserved. As a designer, I think I am creating a way for people to change the shape of clothes with their own thoughts and simple actions. I create forms and the audience brings them to life.
Sarah HouseMFA thesis work does not fall into the usual fashion set. Her work is based on her concern with the future consequences and implications of the current relationship between science, technology and people. Her project was born out of ethnographic research and personal comfort. She began her research by capturing DNA and the undocumented and unobserved realities of everyday life and incorporating the content of everyday life into her own experience to create a community design approach.
Despite the fashion collections, Anna Zhang His work includes textiles, installation art, painting and films. She likes to explore the relationship between the human body and the environment through various art forms. She believes that fabric is only a commodity, it is only when it interacts with bodies that it becomes a truly powerful work. Textiles are the key language of Anna’s fashion work. She is skilled in various textile technologies such as knitting, printing, dyeing, embroidery etc. She always tells her stories by exploring creative and sustainable things.
Alexandra Petina It is a Russian designer. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Moscow, she traveled to London to study at Central Saint Martins and chose New York as the final destination of her academic experience. She has a versatile approach to fashion, appreciating various tools and multimedia aspects of fashion design, such as working in body scale.
Xiaomo Chen He is a knitwear designer from Taiwan specializing in computer programming/knitting. “My research starts from ‘Post-Human’ studies and focuses on ‘spatial knowledge’, which means that different perspectives lead to different interpretations. The term is used in social constructionism, radical feminism and postmodernism to emphasize the view that absolute universal knowledge is impossible. It is often used in perspectives.
according to Ruiyu Zheng“For my project, I want to integrate traditional Chinese skills and furniture into fashion in a new way. I hope that my collection will return to the level of artisans, each piece has a unique texture and emotional content. The process of combining furniture and clothing structure to express my story of the collections image. And I hope my story brings fashion as a human relationship, closer to how it applies to craft, which is a very emotional craft in things.
As a fashion designer, Liu Liu He sees fashion design as a tool to respond in various ways to an authentic self-concept. Her works are concerned with exploring the intimate relationship between emotion and clothing, and the intimate relationship between wearing and identifying clothing in a 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 like religious sculptures. However, his parents’ relationship was poor, and there was always discord in the house. The idea was created in an environment where people’s pessimism and misunderstanding arise in prayer to God. In graduate school, he immersed himself in the philosophies of Freud and Nietzsche, combining his own experience with the validation of trauma and exploring the value of flaws. For him, fashion is a ritual that adds beauty to the pain of life.