One design student talking to company representatives from Swarovski at Graduate Fashion Week

The New School’s Parsons School of Design has revealed a new partnership with Swarovski, further embedding materiality into the undergraduate coursework of its aspiring fashion designers.

The School of Fashion will teach a new 15-week hybrid studio course as part of its “Fashion Design Systems & Society” and “Materiality” programs. The course will be instructed by Parsons School of Fashion undergraduate fashion design program codirectors, Brendan McCarthy and Neil Gilks; Parsons professors Neil Grotzinger and Amanda Brown, and head of sustainability and the Swarovski Foundation, Lindsay Kordik.

Burak Cakmak, dean of fashion at Parsons School of Design, expressed excitement in the collaboration with Swarovski saying: “At Parsons, we are educating the next generation of conscious designers and critical thinkers to leverage the power of fashion design to affect positive social and environmental change,” in a press statement.

“Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this project provides an exciting pathway for future innovation in sustainable fashion,” said Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski executive board.

In September, Swarovski, Study Hall and the U.N. Office of Partnerships announced their One X One fellowship program and accelerator that focuses on sustainability. The fellowship pairs emerging talent with companies to jointly develop innovations.

Along with course alignment with the SDGs and Swarovski’s Conscious Design principles, the course will guide students to investigate circular strategies through a deep exploration of Swarovski crystals, material production processes and real business challenges. The end result will be new types of models and outcomes for the fashion industry.

Swarovski is known for supporting and partnering with emerging talent, with a recent pairing being that of London-based label Patrick McDowell.

For More WWD Sustainability News, See:

The Green Team: Fashion’s New Sustainable Designers

Swarovski Announces ‘One X One’ Fellowship Accelerator with Study Hall, U.N. Office of Partnerships

Swarovski Reduces, Renews, Recycles More Than Ever: Report

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