The School of Fashion, one of five innovative academic schools within The New School’s Parsons School of Design, and Saint Heron, the design studio founded by acclaimed musician and visual artist Solange Knowles announces the launch of a virtual festival Here and Now for the Class of 2020.
For more information visit,http://festival.parsons.edu/.
Here and Now will bring this same experience online for the first time, giving students the opportunity to share their creative visions on an international stage while they develop connections with a guild of industry leaders in fashion, art, and culture. The festival will take place from June to August with programming that includes various mentorship opportunities, online discussions/lectures, special performances, films screenings, and design workshops. An interactive digital environment hosting the students’ work will be available to the public starting early July found at parsons.edu/hereandnow.
“The Class of 2020 is in a unique and unexpected position,” said Jason Kass, Interim Dean of Fashion at Parsons School of Design. “We are excited to partner with Saint Heron on a shared vision for extraordinary access and meaningful insight into our students’ work. With Here and Now we are providing our graduating students and the creative community a space for discovery and growth. Our graduates are unequivocally the future of fashion and textile design, fashion marketing and management. We are committed to creating opportunities to showcase their outcomes and successfully position them for the next chapter of their lives.”
The virtual environment, which will help give the students a place to tell the story of their final projects in their own words, will feature Metonymy, a 3D installation created in collaboration with world-renowned artist Jacolby Satterwhite, Saint Heron’s creative team, and over 300 graduating students from the School of Fashion at Parsons.
Here and Now is the finale for and an extension of the 8th annual Parsons Festival, the school’s annual celebration of graduating students across the College’s five schools. The festival period, which typically lasts for three weeks in May, generally consists of in-person exhibitions, installations and activations that fill the University’s buildings and includes presentations across fine arts, media, technology, constructed environments, fashion and textiles. Parsons has taken the full event digital this year in an effort to continue this tradition and showcase the students’ creativity, flexibility, resilience and ability to adapt to the challenges of the moment. For more information visit,http://festival.parsons.edu/.