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10-03-2006
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From Canada as well (Toronto) and believe me... I know how you feel. After changing the tuition fees that I KNOW of into Canadian currency I saw my life flash before my eyes.

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im going to parsons next year, and I think everyone feels the same way... i am living of campus, so that saves a little i guess

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i know...everytime i thought about how much i was going to owe after graduation i felt sick to my stomach...especially after listening to some of the other students whose parents paid 15,000 cash each semester...and still had money to buy designer bags and jeans. but if you havent got the money for the place, youre still in good company!

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Iyemstupid, That's what I've planned... I'd rather rent or maybe even put a down payment on a condo and somehow try to maintain... it could really get your life going.

Does anyone know how international students find jobs in New York before leaving for school... I mean I've worked at Aritzia and Betsey Johnson here in Toronto and done some volunteer work in the fashion industry and I'm 18 so I don't think experience won't be a problem but how does the whole "drop-a-resume-we'll-give-you-a-call THEN go to numerous interviews" work when you're in another country 10 hours away...


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Curious how most of the students can afford to attend. financial aid is available but the thought of $40,000+ debt right out of school is not one I like...
Yeah, but I guess the fact that Parsons looks great on your resume is pretty intriguing.

Having said that, Parsons is a load of BS, I am a recent grad., I should know.
I was told (by their career dept. nonetheless) that the very name Parsons would open many doors for me. Sadly (unsurprisingly), after more in debt than can feed a 1000 homeless kids in Calcutta for a decade; I am yet receive a job offer that can allow me to survive on the job AND pay off the loan. Bunch of C.R.A.P. !!!

OTOH, what about folks at FIT, RISD etc. How is your job search going? Any pointers for a poor kid who signed off the next decade of her professional life to paying off Parsons...

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You've just gotta get started early on making as much money as you can. I dont go to parsons, but my debt would be comparable. I worked, saved money, and did a few investments to get part of the tuition. I would say atleast just focus on the first year first, and then worry about how you'll pay for the rest later.

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Parsons' Articles & discussion
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Project Parsons: Fashion School as Star

By ERIC WILSON


DONNA KARAN, Anna Sui and Narciso Rodriguez are among the most illustrious alumni claimed by Parsons the New School for Design, though truth be told, none of them actually completed enough courses to graduate before dropping out to join the real world of Seventh Avenue.


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FINAL PROJECT Tim Gunn, the fashion chairman at Parsons, and Jet Olivia, a student, discuss her collection.


"There was a time when there was not that much incentive for a designer to graduate," said Tim Gunn, the chairman of the fashion department, who can be credited, or perhaps held responsible, for giving Parsons a glamour makeover. The response to "Project Runway," the reality show on Bravo that is filmed at the school and features Mr. Gunn as its arch Socratic guide, has made a Parsons education, well, quite fashionable, and Mr. Gunn a celebrity.


Applications to the fashion program have increased by more than 20 percent since 2004 (to 903 this year), and the number of freshmen who declare fashion as their major at the end of their first year has more than doubled since 2001 (to 187 last year). Because of the increased enrollment in the department 489 students in 2005 compared with 291 in 2001 fashion is now the largest major at Parsons.


"It is likely that the biggest contributor is popular culture," said Bob Kerrey, the president of the New School, which includes Parsons. "A show like 'Project Runway' brands Parsons all the time, and that has had an impact on the number of people who want to become fashion designers. It's been largely good for the school."


IN the last five years Parsons has modernized the fashion department with new design technology and a curriculum that goes beyond basic dressmaking skills, and today it is expected to announce the creation of a graduate program in fashion.


Ms. Karan and Paul Goldberger, the dean of Parsons, plan to announce that Ms. Karan will underwrite a new professorship, the first step toward a master's program. She would not say how much she had committed, but the minimum requirement to endow a chair at Parsons is $2.5 million.


"Looking at fashion in the context of society and culture is going to be a key mission of this program," Mr. Goldberger said.


Ms. Karan said that the increasingly competitive atmosphere for fashion needs an approach that is both technically proficient and intellectually informed. It is no small thorn in her side that she famously flunked a draping course in 1968, then dropped out to work for Anne Klein. She completed her remaining credits in 1986 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2004. Ms. Karan expects to take an active role in planning the graduate curriculum. "I'm not short of ideas," she said.


"There was more room in the industry when I went to school, but like everything else, fashion becomes more complicated. We're at a time when everything seems to have been done already."


Yet fashion seems to be where it's at for young people. Mr. Goldberger suggested that was partly because celebrity culture connects more easily to fashion than to other fields, and "Project Runway" fed into that. "What became an effect of the rising tide also becomes a cause of the rising tide," he said.


This week 119 seniors are preparing their final projects: small collections they will present to a panel of judges to determine whose will be part of a graduate show on May 8. That event is the equivalent of a designers' debutante ball, having established instant careers for designers like the Proenza Schouler team and Ashleigh Verrier, who were famous almost before graduation.


Sherri Folk, 33, has made so many samples that her professors have encouraged her to edit her presentation or risk overwhelming the judges. Ms. Folk said she has added a group of gray tweed pants to balance the shock of gold and brown batik dresses and sashes "to feed it to them," she said.


Brendon Sun, 24, and Bijan Kazem, 23, jointly designed a collection that includes a trench coat made of strips of python. Karen Chao and Prudence Wong based black and white designs on the shapes and aesthetics of Japanese comic books.


Mr. Gunn described the class as one of the most sophisticated he has encountered. "At Parsons we maintain that an education is not just about designing a dress," he said. "If these designers are really a barometric measure of their culture, the dress should not be the same as if it had been designed a couple of years later."

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ohhh great article!

Thanks

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this sounds weird...but the minute i read all the previous posts...i think of medical students.

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Parsons School of Fashion, 100 Years Later (NYT)
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Parsons School of Fashion, 100 Years Later



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THE fashion department of Parsons the New School for Design turned 100 this year. In recognition of that milestone, the brightest members of the graduating class of 2006 presented their senior collections at a benefit on Monday night. The show, in an inevitable and somewhat depressing denouement, succinctly summarized where designer ambitions stand a century later: They want to either work for Ellen Tracy or dress Sienna Miller.


Of the 24 collections shown, two, those by Andrea Marshall and a team called Mutrok and Garth, included short, flashy gold dresses worn over black tights, which looked eerily like the Burberry dress Ms. Miller, who will portray Edie Sedgwick in "Factory Girl," wore to the Costume Institute party last week.


Others simply picked up on the Mod trends of striped scoop-neck tanks and gold boleros or offered prim ladylike looks that seemed destined for a department store bridge department, like a black wool wrap dress with a detachable white Pilgrim's collar from an Iranian-born student, Nima Taherzadeh.


One highlight was an evening-wear collection, above, by Michelle Burrus, who has interned with Oscar de la Renta. Updating a hallmark of her mentor's, Ms. Burrus deftly draped the bodice of a silk minidress with the outline of a bow.


The real flash in the show, the kind of creative abandon one would expect from unsullied youth, came at the end in a series of otherworldly dresses and an all-white motorcycle-cop uniform pegged as the Parsons "centennial collection," each look inspired by other disciplines across the school curriculum.


Former President Bill Clinton was at the event to present an award to Mr. de la Renta. It might have been enlightening for the students to hear him describe how the designer once told him he had considered becoming an artist. "But I'm sure many of you are glad he did not," said Mr. Clinton.

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Thanks for posting. What exactly does a "department store bridge department" refer to?

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^ Thanks and I was wondering the same thing

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I'm pretty sure that that means the clothing that costsmore than the normal department store clothes, but isn't quite expensive or well-known enough to be considered "designer".

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i still dont really get it. ha. more description please. and he said 24 of the students? why just 24

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so, does anyone know if parsons reputation is still on the top. cuz everywhere i've been hearing how its been in real competition with others schools who seem to be surpassing it. that true? yes no?

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