Today's Parsons School of Fashion Design show spotlight is on the masters of textile design. Ezra Xia was born and raised in Shenzhen, China, an area that excels in this area of production. She followed in her mother's footsteps of fashion design. Her collection for her thesis involved simple silhouettes, but highly graphic printed fabrics. The fabrics also had a trompe 'loeil effect. Individual motifs within her prints popped out in a 3D quilted effect. Unfortunately, it was a little tough to show that with the runway lighting.
Zuoyu Shi has a product design background. His approach to design is more calculated with the approach in fit and practicality. His fabric prints have a mathematical look to them. His collection also explored constructing his garments in a circular, modular system to lengthen their lifespan. As calculated as the backend design was, it takes nothing away at the aesthetic appeal of the final runway look.
|all photos by Mariana Leung|
Making your textile prints a signature part of your collection is very smart legally. As I am currently learning in my Fashion Law Institute class, up-and-coming fashion designers have very few protections for their work except to copyright two-dimensional art.
I'm not sure if the graduating fashion design class of Parsons The New School of Design had future legal proceedings in mind when they created their collections. Considering how savvy they all seem to be, I wouldn't be surprised that they have made it and many other decisions as part of their strategy.