PPR and Parsons Partner on Internship Program
May 14, 2012 - by Lester Brathwaite
Two lucky so-and-so's from the graduating class of the Parsons School of Design will get the internship of a lifetime thanks to a partnership with luxury conglomerate PPR and the website, The Fancy.
Current seniors in Parsons BFA Fashion Design program will compete to win internships at one of PPR's 16 luxury brands, which include Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney and Gucci. The two winners -- one in ready-to-wear and one in accessories -- will also be featured on The Fancy, a combination magazine/shopping guide/social network, and showcased at Barneys New York's Madison Ave store in September.
Centered on PPR's "Empowering Imagination" theme, the competition is designed to stimulate new ideas at PPR's stable of brands.
Today, a panel of judges including model Dree Hemingway, Vogue's Candy Pratts Price and Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman, will whittle down the top 20 candidates to five finalists based on their thesis collections and how well they exemplify the theme. The five finalists will then have their collections featured on The Fancy in mid-June with the winning look and accessory voted on by the public.
"Partnering with PPR and The Fancy," said Simon Collins, dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons, "will provide our students with an international perspective, thus positioning them as design thinkers poised to lead fashion globally."
The winners, announced at the end of June, will receive an expense-paid internship up to $10,000 at the PPR label of their choice.[WWD, sub req'd]