2021 Parsons Paris Festival
It’s that time of year! Time to celebrate the Class of 2021 and discover their projects through exhibitions, presentations, and performances. Here’s what’s planned…
The 2021 Festival will start on May 13 with the BBA Strategic Design and Management program. The exhibit will feature work on topics including disruption and inclusivity in the art market, mental health, the integration of education into the lingerie market, and community fundraising strategies, among others.
On May 14-16, the BFA Art, Media and Technology program will present the installation Far Away (But Still Here) at the Fiminco Foundation’s Gallery D and the AMT studios of Parsons Paris Romainville. The exhibition will showcase thesis work with themes including rest, identity, and digital transcendence.
Special thanks to the Fiminco Foundation.
The MA Fashion Studies program will present a three-part exhibition on May 15 and 16 at the American Center for Art and Culture.
The exhibition features the outcome of three collaborative projects, with L’Officiel, Palais Galliera – Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, and the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation.
█ Into the Page: Rethinking L’Officiel Today
On the occasion of their centenary anniversaries in 2021, L’Officiel and The New School’s Parsons Paris have joined forces for the project Into the Page: Rethinking L’Officiel Today, which explores the fashion magazine’s extensive archive. Through the reconstruction of the publication’s history from 1921 to today, students focused on issues of labour, gender, national identities, race, aesthetic subversion, and class; to rethink the contribution of L’Officiel and rediscover forgotten histories of the fashion industry.
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█ Objects in Trouble
The research project, Objects in Trouble in collaboration with Palais Galliera – Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris aims to propose a critical and alternative perspectives of some problematic objects in fashion museums’ collections which moves away from canonical interpretational patterns of museums often based on celebrity culture, authorship and myth creation. Students’ approaches to these museums’ artifacts put fashion on trial, as an attempt to show how these objects should not be simply demonized but rather seen as opportunities to rethink how fashion museums may explain different values of fashion.
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█ Making The Poiret Heritage: From Denise Poiret to Azzedine Alaïa
The research project between the MA Fashion Studies and the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation is entitled Making The Poiret Heritage: From Denise Poiret to Azzedine Alaïa. It explores the auction La Création en Liberté. Univers de Paul et Denise Paul Poiret organized by the auction house Piasa Paris, with a special exhibition at the Azzedine Alaïa headquarters in 2005 (10-11th of May). These moments have been taken as a seed through which to explore the universe of Paul Poiret and the different actors and values at play in the construction of his heritage, starting from the role of Azzedine Alaïa himself. Students have studied the catalogue of the exhibition and retraced the history of the auction by interviewing the people involved in the making of the exhibition, the collectors participating in the auction as well as curators and academics who worked on the collection.
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Finally, on May 27, the BFA Fashion Design program will host its 2021 Graduate Exhibition in the world’s oldest surviving basketball court, located in the basement of the YMCA building in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. The full-day event comprises an installation of pieces from the final student collections, large-format prints, and pre-reserved sessions during which industry professionals and press can meet the graduates one-on-one.
More details and registration information coming soon.
Due to the current health situation, we are welcoming groups of limited size to our events, and pre-registration is mandatory.
Virtual Thesis Showcase
If you are unable to attend the events, you are welcome to discover the work of our 2021 graduates on our Virtual Thesis Showcase.