On Saturday, September 8th the inaugural Parsons MFA Fashion Design and Society runway show took place at MADE at Milk Studios. “The First Eighteen” graduates of the program presented select looks from their thesis collections to a crowd of domestic and foreign press as well as industry veterans including Donna Karan, Louise Wilson, Mary Alice Stephenson, Fern Mallis, Cecilia Dean and Laurent Claquin.

The First Eighteen runway show featured collections by first graduating students – how awesome is that? – of the new MFA in Fashion Design and Society at Parsons, The New School Design. The lucky ‘First Eighteen’ included: Lucia Cuba, Beckett Fogg, Kaoru Oshima, Carly Ellis, Ruby Hoette, Jade Rozenbroek, Aina Beck, Talia Shuvalov and Soojin Kang.

These students presented their personal vision, with a focus on process and identity, through a body of work that encompassed highly executed, innovative clothing and accessory collections. This was also a very international group, representing 13 different countries of origin.

It was a festive mix of decorative headphones with studs, gems, flowers and My Little Ponies to neutral sheers to color blocking and some real cool custom patterns and prints.

The students were glowing – some shy – walking down the runway to bow and thank the audience. It was truly a dynamic show, with an encouraging spirit in the air for these potential, soon-to-be HUGE, designers. I look forward to start following their steps in hopes that they become the next hot shot in the scene. From Socially Superlative to ‘The First Eighteen,’ congratulations on a great show and don’t forget us when you’re at the top!

– Anaisabel

Photos by Dan Lecca