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parsons graduates by a parsons graduate

The future of fashion is here and now, it's young, it's fun, it's dreamy. Wow! We asked one Parson's graduate, Marc Faiella, to interview his friends about long nights in the workroom, nervous breakdowns, lookbook modelling and how much they all mean to each other, "friends are the most important in fashion school and that’s not up for argument. The four kids (five including myself) are some of the most creative and insanely inspiring people." The results are a comical take on how they all made it out of Parsons alive...

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Text Marc Sebastian Faiella
Photography Bardia Zeinali

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  • Thi Wan, 22, burma

    What gets you off? 
    Science, art, well spoken people. 

    What are you up to now? 
    Menswear designer at Opening Ceremony and teaching. 

    What advice do you have for new fashion students? 
    Learn things outside of fashion. 

    What would you do if you weren't in fashion? 
    Sculpture.

    Favourite moment in the work room? 
    When we made a tent to nap in because we couldn't go home.  

    Favourite part of your senior collection?
    Learning more about myself and suffering through it with friends.

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
    Definitely older. Hopefully better. 

    Who do you look up to? 
    Parents and people who are good thinkers. 

    Your life motto?
    What goes around, comes around.  

    Your favourite part of the design process? 
    Thinking about it over and over again. 

    Your spirit shoe? 
    Air Force 1. 

    Someone you admire outside of fashion? 
    Leonardo da Vinci, Lebbeus Woods, Neil Denari, Philips Pavilion, Matthew Barney, etc.

    @thiwanism

    Photography Bardia Zeinali

  • Julia Saeri, 22, Queens, New York

    What gets you off? 
    Things that sparkle. 

    What are you up to now? 
    Doing embroidery design at Marchesa. 

    What advice do you have for new fashion students? 
    Don't get so stuck on being an "original". I know that this may be breaking some sort of fashion rule, especially in school, but Yohji Yamamoto said this: "start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find yourself". 

    What would you do if you weren't in fashion? 
    I would study carpentry or I'd make miniature sets for stop-motion claymation films. 

    Favourite moment in the work room? 
    Naps underneath studio tables from 7.30 to 9 in the morning after breaking night, using a plastic bag of scrap muslin as a pillow. 

    Favourite part of your senior collection? 
    Embellished Vans slip-ons. 

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
    Coming back to New York from living in London for a while. 

    Who do you look up to? 
    Raf Simons, Christopher Kane, Dries Van Noten, Muccia Prada, Consuelo Castiglioni

    Your life motto? 
    No bad days. 

    Your favourite part of the design process? 
    Finding the inspiration. 

    Your spirit shoe?
    Prada spring/summer 10 chandelier shoes. 

    Who are people you admire outside of fashion? 
    Raymond Carver, Louis CK, Jenny Lewis, Tyrone Lebon, Winona Ryder.

    Photography Bardia Zeinali

  • Melanie Berger, 22, Boston

    What gets you off? 
    Smart, down to earth people, and some well made shit in cashmere. 

    What are you up to now? 
    I'm designing for Uniqlo, and working on smaller collaborative projects. 

    What advice do you have for new fashion students? 
    Be confident in your voice. Always assume you have as much to learn today as you did yesterday. 

    What is your favourite collection of all time? 
    Depends on my mood, but let’s just say that Thom Browne holds a special place in my heart. 

    What would you do if you weren't in fashion? 
    Fine art or industrial design. 

    Favourite moment in the workroom? 
    Sleepless nonsense with my sleepless nonsensical friends. 

    Favourite part of your senior collection? 
    The balance of colour and texture. 

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
    Alive and kickin'. 

    Who do you look up to? 
    People who stay true to themselves, and persevere. Some of the best examples being my parents and my boss at my current job.

    Your life motto? 
    Quality not quantity. 

    Your favourite part of the design process? 
    Sketching. It’s the best way for me to get my ideas out. 

    Your spirit shoe? 
    A Goodyear welted, black Chelsea boot in the finest calf leather, with a cashmere-blended gore. 

    @mmmberger

    Photography Bardia Zeinali

  • Gahee Lim, 24, Brisbane, Australia

    What gets you off? 
    This British Boy. 

    What are you up to now? 
    In the Masters Program at Parsons, studying fashion design. Planning a business with a friend. 

    What advice do you have for new fashion students? 
    Take all opportunities to experience anything, either its good or bad. 

    What would you do if you weren't in fashion? 
    Graphic design is my other passion, or I'd love to be a professional traveller. 

    Favourite moment in the work room? 
    Ordering in pizzas. Listening to Solange. 

    Favourite part of your senior collection? 
    The inspiration - skinny dipping 09', and the colours.

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
    A working woman. A wife. 

    Who do you look up to? 
    Raf Simons. Phoebe Philo. Jenna Lyons 

    Your life motto? 
    No regret even if I die tonight. 

    Your favourite part of the design process?
    Concept development. 

    Your spirit shoe? 
    Converse hi-top in optic white. 

    Who are people you admire outside of fashion? 
    Honest, not-greedy, open-minded, adventurous and easy-going people.

    @missgahee

    Photography Bardia Zeinali

  • Marc Sebastian Faiella, 23, Long Island, New York

    What gets you off? 
    Nice paper, a good pair of trousers and people watching 

    What are you up to now? 
    I've been modelling full time for the past year after school to make some money back on these crazy American student loans. I just moved to London so once I get my feet on the ground I'll start the dreaded job hunt. 

    What advice do you have for new fashion students? 
    If you want something you'll find a way to get it. 

    What would you do if you weren't in fashion? 
    Own an exotic pet shop somewhere really beautiful or be on Glee. Which ever came first, really. 

    Favourite moment in the work room? 
    I loved every fitting with my amazing model, Georgia Hilmer. Anytime she came in my day was automatically brighter. 

    Favourite part of your senior collection? 
    The bandana, it was sort of the main theme. I haven't stopped wearing one since. 

    Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
    In London, hopefully working under someone I really admire. 

    Who do you look up to? 
    My Mother and my friends. They constantly push me to do more. 

    Your life motto? 
    Don't get bitter, get better. 

    Your favourite part of the design process? 
    Doing looks and seeing it all come together. 

    Your spirit shoe? 
    Nina Ricci autumn/winter 09 lace up fully beaded heel-less boot. 

    Someone you admire outside of fashion? 
    RuPaul, I don't care if that doesn't count cause she's mildly in fashion. She's my number one.

    Photography Bardia Zeinali