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Parsons The New School For Design


... starting off the show wearing a gown I made as one of my final projects. My legwear was dancer-inspired, and made of lycra with rose petals and rosettes, ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Parsons The New School For Design

Parsons The New School For Design

My Personal Involvement
  • Before I delve too far into this, I
    must introduce my heartfelt attachment to this
    project. Ive worn compression garments on my
    K-T affected leg since I was 6 years old, and
    wearing them is not an option for me. I have
    incredible difficulty walking without them, often
    only a few steps, and growing up in suburban
    Connecticut going to private middle school and
    boarding prep school created the additional
    social difficulty. Kids can be so mean to each
    other, and to this day I remember every comment
    that pierced my heart. Although most of the
    comments we receive about our K-T are from plain
    curiosity or ignorance, that doesnt make it
    easier to take we must remain good and honest
    people. Perhaps some day no one will have to ask
    whats wrong anymore because K-T will be well
    known enough.
  • Given all of this, I was shocked a
    bit doubtful, and utterly speechless when an
    instructor of mine told me about this project.
    Never in a million years did I ever think this
    would happen. An idea so far away from my
    reality, it never even occurred to me to dream
    about it. Yet here it was, a major school
    undertaking in my jam packed graduate year,
    waiting for me to seize it and make a difference.
    I hope that seeing this presentation will make
    as much of a change in your life as it has in

The Beginning
  • Two years ago Stacie Nipps, a dedicated
    Parsons faculty member, died tragically from a
    blood clot not even knowing she was at risk of
    having them. The recent work Melanie Bloom (wife
    of reporter David Bloom who died from DVT in 2003
    while covering the war in Iraq) has done for the
    Coalition to Prevent DVT seemed like the perfect
    combination to start a project at Parsons that
    would create awareness of DVT- deep vein

The Basis
  • As K-T patients, most of us know that wearing
    compression stockings can go a long way to
    promote healthier veins and prevent blood clots,
    especially in our legs. However, so many people
    forego these important garments because of the
    way they look and in turn, make us look. The
    creative minds at Parsons saw this as a very
    exciting challenge
  • How can we make these compression garments
    more stylish so that people will take better care
    of themselves and not choose beauty over health?

The Project Runway School Gets Started
  • The memo went out-
  • Design a leg covering that could be worn
    over a compression socking that is fashionable,
    functional, and unique.
  • I thought, who better to get ideas from than the
    K-T community? We know what wed wear from first
    hand experience- we know what fabrics would be
    comfortable and breathable, how wed like them to
    fasten on, what length wed like, what styles
    would fit our personalities, and what would make
    us feel fantastic and confident about wearing
    compression garments.

My Letter to You
  • I hope most of you received the letter and
    diagram I sent out with the help of Mellenee
    Finger. To everyone who sent me a form back-
    thank you so much! The other project leaders and
    I took all the suggestions into consideration and
    shared them with everyone involved. It was
    especially helpful to hear ideas about leg
    coverings for men.

The Show!
  • Women can get away with wearing just about
    anything (I mean, look at the Sex and the City
    women!) but menswear is even more of a challenge.
    We wanted the diversity of the leg coverings to
    be wearable for everyone the Minnesota mom, the
    hip New Yorker, the business dad, and active kid.
  • The designs were worn down the runway at Parsons
    year-end Line Debut fashion show- a major event
    in the New York City fashion world. Dozens of
    reporters attend, as well as designers (Michael
    Kors came last year), headhunters, and
  • Here is the fashion

Me, starting off the show wearing a gown I made
as one of my final projects. My legwear was
dancer-inspired, and made of lycra with rose
petals and rosettes, intertwined with hemp and
satin ribbon.
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