On Sunday, March 4 photographer extraordinaire, Jane Kratochvil and I went to Parsons the New School for Design’s Midtown campus to see Fusion, a fashion show that features designs from twenty-nine freshman and sophomores who all go to either Parsons or the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The show, which has been produced for twelve years now, was judged by Todd Thomas, creative consultant at Victoria’s Secret; Joshua McKinley, runner up on season nine of Project Runway; Carole Hochmann, a women’s intimates designer; Fabiola Arias, womenswear designer plus winner of the 2011 Fashion Group International Rising Star Award, and Teen Vogue.
Ever wonder how designers like Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Donna Karan, Anna Sui, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore and Reem Acra got started? They all have one thing in common—they went to school to study fashion first; specifically they all went to either Parsons or the Fashion Institute of Technology.
For the last twelve years the two schools have challenged each other in a competitive fashion show known as Fusion. The director of the show, Jimmy Ramey, started Fusion when he was an Resident Assistant at one of the Parsons dormitories. Ramey got FIT involved, and it became a competition.
The show features about 30 young designers, most of whom are freshman and sophomores. The show features both menswear and women’s wear. This year’s show should be particularly interesting as it serves as a tie breaker, both schools have won six shows.