Lucy Jones and Blair Moore, two Parsons BFA fashion design students, are the winners of the fourth annual “Empowering Imagination” fashion design competition, sponsored by The New School’s Parsons School of Design and Kering.
Jones was selected for her “Seated Design” collection for individuals in wheelchairs and Moore won for her travel kit of innovative materials and creative footwear.
The winners were chosen from a pool of 12 finalists by a panel of judges that included Alexander Wang; actress, athlete and fashion model Aimee Mullins; fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia; Style.com’s Nicole Phelps; Kering’s Laurent Claquin; Saks Fifth Avenue’s Colleen Sherin, and creative adviser Simon Collins. The panel selected the two winners based on the conceptual vision and creativity of their thesis collections, as well as their technical skill and ability to communicate the point of view of their collections.
Their designs will be featured in Saks Fifth Avenue’s windows from May 29 to June 10.
Jones and Moore will be given the opportunity to visit Kering Materials Innovation Lab in Novara, Italy, which houses more than 1,500 sustainable fabric options available to all Kering brands and brand locations in Milan, Vicenza and Florence, Italy. They will also go to Milan, Florence and Vicenza where they will be exposed to several Kering brands facilities, including production factories, showrooms and stores.
“Parsons students have, once again, exceeded our expectations during this year’s ‘Empowering Innovation’ contest. Lucy and Blair exhibit considerable talent, with detailed focus on creativity and exceptional craftsmanship. These qualities are very important at Kering and we are happy to offer them a fantastic learning experience at Kering’s facilities in Italy,” said Claquin, head of Kering Americas.