It is impossible for me to say enough amazing things about Parsons and the experience I am getting while attending right now. One of the highlights thus far has been my Fashion Industry Marketing class, an introduction into the inner workings of the fashion business. The content in the class is alright. Typical marketing and history of the industry. What has made is so special is the teacher. I have to give this teacher all the credit in the world because he really wants to give his students the best experiences possible and, when deserved, will try to open any door he can to help. He is the reason that I was able to spend market week helping at Naeem Khan (did everyone see Lady Gaga wearing one of this gowns this week?!), followed by a class trip to his showroom and a visit to Warren Donner, who you may not know and I didn't either but a good look into mass-produced fashions, and even had a lecture given to us by the Evening, Couture and Fur buyer from Neiman Marcus.
And yesterday, we were taken to the equivalent of Wonderland for anyone who has an interest in fashion. Marchesa. It was started only about 5 years ago by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig who met at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Georgina works on all the styles and draping while Keren then designs all the amazing embellishments that really make Marchesa's signature look. (Georgina, by the way, is married to Harvey Weinstein, not bad, eh?)
We got to hang out in the showroom and were given a talk by the Director of Sales and were even given a tour of the workroom where we got to see designs for next season's looks and walls lined with 9 foot high 'mood boards'. Stunning. I couldn't take pictures in the workroom but the showroom was free game so I wanted to share the images with you. Enjoy!
Before the semester is over, we will have also made a visit to Theia, Carmen Marc Valvo and Kleinfeld's Bridal (yes, the place on 'Say Yes to the Dress'). All of which I will do my very best to share with you (photo taking permitted) :)