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Exhibition and Symposium Explore Legacy of Work Wear in American Fashion

NEW YORK, NY.- In celebration of the launch of new graduate programs in fashion at Parsons The New School for Design, the school will present Workwear, an exhibition and symposium that explore the legacy of work wear as a uniform for success in New York. The exhibition will be on view February 8 through March 5 at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons, with a symposium featuring leading fashion critics, designers and scholars on February 13. “New York fashion remains closely aligned to the idea of dressing for business, expressed as a visual form of acumen and a fitness for purpose,” said Shelley Fox, Donna Karan Professor of Fashion Design at Parsons and the director of the new MFA in Fashion Design and Society. “Postwar constructions of New York as a fashion capital have traded upon representations of the workplace where professionals were successful, efficient and economical in their dress. It is only fitting that