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Parsons Fashion: New Curriculum Causes Conflict

The School of Fashion at Parsons is known the world over as a prestigious institution — the former academic home of Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Alexander Wang and Tim Gunn. The jewel in the School of Fashion crown is the David M. Schwartz Fashion Education Center, designed by noted architect William Lescaze in 1963 and located at 560 Seventh Ave., in the heart of the Garment District.

A studio on its second floor may not be well-known to many New School students — let alone to fans of the mega-successful reality show “Project Runway” — but to Parsons fashion undergrads it carries a certain renown. They call it “the Dungeon.” The studio is dimly lit, poorly ventilated, and often crowded late into the evening. Over the past year, however, Parsons fashion students have had more to complain about than the Dungeon. Continue reading

Parsons Abruptly Halts Paris Program

Popular study abroad program Parsons Paris has abruptly ended due to a legal dispute, raising uncertainties at both Parsons and its former partner in Paris, the Association Franco-Américaine de Design, or AFAD.

Parsons and New School administrators are seeking to reassure students that there will be another Paris study abroad program for Parsons students, as soon as this fall.

The contract between Parsons and Parsons Paris expired in 2008 and Parsons has decided not to renew it. “It’s run its course,” said Pamela Klein, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Parsons, who oversees study abroad. “The length of time of the agreement is over.”

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