Parsons The New School for Design, PPR, and THE FANCY have announced the launch of a new partnership giving Parsons students the opportunity to win an internship within one of PPR’s 16 luxury and sport & lifestyle brands.
The students’ work will be featured on The Fancy, an innovative online platform at the intersection of blog, magazine, and image-based social media.
The two winners of the competition will also be showcased at Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue store. The competition will be based on PPR’s defining theme, “Empowering Imagination.”
Open to 2012 seniors of Parsons BFA Fashion Design program, students in the areas of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories design will compete for internships in a three phase selection process based on the quality and conceptual vision of their thesis collections, from the garments themselves to their portfolio and visual collateral.
The top twenty candidates selected by the School of Fashion at Parsons will present their work to a panel of fashion industry insiders, including Simon Collins (Parsons), Laurent Claquin (PPR), Joseph Einhorn (The Fancy), Dennis Freedman (Barneys New York), Candy Pratts Price (Vogue.com), Dree Hemingway, and Vanessa Friedman (Financial Times.)
In May, the panelists will review the students’ work and select five finalists who best exemplify the theme. In mid-June, the finalists will have their collections featured on The Fancy where its one million users will democratically decide which two designers will win.
The one ready-to-wear look and one accessory “Fancy’d” the most will be awarded an expense-paid internship with a PPR brand. During September New York Fashion Week, the contest winners’ work will be showcased in a display at the iconic Barneys New York on Madison Avenue.
We can't wait to see what comes out of this competition!