A Most Popular Dress

 
Sarah Jessica Parker wearing dress by Parsons alumna Tracy Reese. Photo by Michael DiVito.

Sarah Jessica Parker wearing dress by Parsons alumna Tracy Reese. Photo by Michael DiVito.

Amidst all the bustle that accompanied the opening festivities of the University Center yesterday, one dress design was getting twice the amount of exposure originally anticipated. The black a-line dress wasn’t a part of a red carpet “best dressed” list, nor atop a runway model for a fashion show. It was a dress that had its origins at The New School, and fittingly returned “home” to partake in a major milestone.

The dress in question was designed by former Parsons fashion student Tracy Reese, and was first spotted at the University Center on Sarah Jessica Parker, who spoke at the official unveiling before members of the press and the Board of Directors. The fashion icon and Greenwich Village supporter adorned it simply with a fabulous pair of bedazzled stilettos (à la Carrie Bradshaw).

Then, merely eight hours later, the same dress surfaced again—looking equally as fabulous as it had earlier in the day—this time upon the designer herself. Reese spoke before a crowded John L. Tishman auditorium of her beginnings at The New School, and how the community that welcomed her here 30 years ago had helped sow the seeds of her future success.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the University Center opening events and slideshow.