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Parsons MFA Spring 2016 Sneak Peek: Varpu VernaHel Rapeli

Varpu Rapeli_Sketch2Varpu Rapeli_Picture“My collection-a knitwear collection for women-is an exploration of layering of color through the eyes of an abstract artist. Taking inspiration from Mark Rothko’s paintings I utilized different mediums to study layering within knitwear. My working process included multiple phases with different approaches on layering. While developing knitwear swatches I simultaneously did models from cardboard, and draw abstract shapes which I then enlarged to big toile, which then started inspired the silhouette of the garments.” – Designer, VarpuVernaHelRapeli

Launched in 2010 by former Dean, Simon Collins, with support from Donna Karan, the MFA is the first graduate program of its kind in the United States. The Parsons MFA show is a runway presentation showcasing 11 collections from the 2015 graduates of the Parsons MFA in Fashion Design and Society, a globally recognized, highly selective program for emerging designers.

2015 Parsons The New School for Design MFA Runway Show
Wednesday, September 16th at 11:00 a.m.
MILK Studios
450 W 15th St.
New York, NY 10011

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