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Parsons' M.F.A. Candidates Show Off Thesis Work

Donna Karan cohosted the presentation along with Marie Claire’s Joanna Coles and the college's Simon Collins and Shelley Fox.

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GRAD EXPECTATIONS: Another night, another Parsons event — or at least that’s how it feels these days. After revealing winners of The Reed Krakoff for Coach Scholarship and The Coach Iconic Legacy Competition Friday night, Parsons The New School for Design unveiled the thesis work of the first graduating class of the school’s Master of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Society Monday. “I want to try on the clothes, because the quality is so impeccable,” said Donna Karan, who initiated the M.F.A. and cohosted with Marie Claire’s Joanna Coles and Parsons’ Simon Collins and Shelley Fox.

Highlights included Beckett Fogg’s embossed leathers seamlessly fused with chiffons, Noriko Kikuchi’s ethereal knit and beading details and Soojin Kang’s striking graphic color-block silhouettes.

The students’ work will be showcased on the runway during New York Fashion Week in September. Collins noted that even though there will be at least 150 to 180 looks, there is no need to worry. “There will be so much variety,” he said.