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First Eighteen: Parsons MFA Students’ Runway Show

On Saturday, September 8, 2012, Parsons’ MFA in Fashion Design and Society hosted its first runway show, called “The First Eighteen” in honor of the program’s 18 graduate designers. Held at Milk Studios in Manhattan as part of New York’s MADE Fashion Week, the show was packed to the rafters with press, fashion insiders, and notable alumni like Donna Karan, who provided the funding to launch the new program.

“You could see a generation of emerging talents who were being influenced not just by flash, “ wrote The New York Times, which also ran a long feature on the program this past spring, “but by deep-thinking designers like Alexander McQueen, Martin Margiela and Miguel Androver.” The Times was joined in its enthusiasm by Blackbook magazine,, The Daily Front Row and many more.

To see the full video, visit The New School’s new Livestream channel, which simulcasted the runway show.

That wasn’t all Parsons was up to this fashion week: our designers showed off their work at the Ports 1961 store on Fashion’s night out; one talented design student won $25,000 to start their own collection; and the winners of the PPR/The Fancy contest (who secured dream internships with brands like Alexander McQueen) were feted at an intimate reception.

See the below slideshow for the work of the talented graduates of the MFA Fashion Design and Society program.

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