The New School's Parsons School of Design's fashion studies masters program alumnae recently proposed the idea of building an independent New York collective of young fashion sociologists, historians and academics.
Fashion academics and former Parsons schoolmates Laura Snelgrove, Lauren Downing Peters, Anya Kurennaya, Kim Jenkins and Rachel Kinnard hosted a dinner in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on Friday with the intention of creating the collective, WWD reported.
The event drew 21 attendees, which included fellow Parsons alumnae, graduates of New York University's costume studies M.A. program and The Graduate Center, City University of New York's fashion studies program (which just launched in 2012).
Snelgrove, Peters, Kurennaya, Jenkins and Kinnard are all responsible for self-publishing "The Fashion Studies Journal." The group reportedly wants to bring a fashion-focused groups — which are prominent in other industry capitals around the world— to New York's "social-scholastic landscape."
In related news, last month Parsons honored designer Marc Jacobs and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which ownsMarc Jacobs International, for the company's contributions to fashion design.
Jacobs received his award from Anna Wintour, Condé Nast's artistic director and Vogue editor-in-chief, at the school's 67th annual Parsons Fashion Benefit. Saks Fifth Avenue president Marc Metrick presented the accolade to LVMH.
This was Jacobs' second time being honored by the school since graduating from the institution in 1984. The designer was also awarded the Fashion Benefit's Designer of the Year award following his graduating student runway show.
Parsons has previously honored Jason Wu and Hugo Boss in 2014, Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez and Hudson's Bay in 2013, Donna Karan in 2012 and Reed Krakoff in 2011.