BACK TO SCHOOL: In one of the wider efforts to introduce students to fashion, the Newark Board of Education has partnered with the New School’s Parsons School of Design.
Together they unveil the Newark School of Fashion developed by the Parsons School of Design Partnership, which will begin in September. By leveraging Parsons ‘educational model, students gain a strong design foundation that embraces Parsons’ principles of sustainability, innovation and inclusivity.
Working with the Newark Board, Parsons leads the development of the first curriculum at the Newark School of Fashion & Design and creates a four-year curriculum. The aim is to help students unleash the power of fashion to trigger systemic societal change. Like other educational institutions, Parsons has sought to provide communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in the fashion industry better access to careers in fashion. As part of the new program, NSFD students will receive guidance on how to apply for a degree and career development. For example, they can attend admission sessions at Parsons in New York.
There are also opportunities for industrial collaborations at NSFD, which are supported by Parsons. High schoolers can visit the Parsons New York campus for instructor-led workshops on topics such as “Contemporary Fashion Systems and the Impact on Society” and “Experiments in Garment Building and Prototypes”.
Providing the tools and educational skills for a career in fashion is an increasing priority for some organizations and companies. Last month, Harlems Fashion Row, Icon 360 and Gap Inc. launched the “Closing the Gap” initiative. With $ 510,000 in funding from Gap Inc., the program will award financial awards to historically black colleges and universities that encourage students to innovate in the fashion world. The Newark program aims to motivate younger students to pursue fashion careers and seems to be breaking new ground.
Parsons School of Design’s Executive Dean Rachel Schreiber said, “Empowering different students to understand and choose from the myriad of career opportunities in fashion and other creative fields is a key priority at Parsons to ensure that the next generation of designers really reflects our society. “
Sakina Pitts, director of the Newark School of Fashion and Design, described the partnership as “an important milestone on the way to unleashing the creativity, talent and hidden treasures that await students at the Newark School of Fashion and Design”.