Symphonic Clothing Plays Along With Music
Parson's design school has created items that respond to performer's movements.
Faculty and students from Parsons The New School for Design and its sister school Mannes College The New School for Music have been working for months to create their vision of the orchestral performance garments of the future.
The project is in partnership with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). It was BSO music director Marin Alsop who approached Parsons about redesigning traditional concert clothing.
The collaboration is led by Parsons faculty members, Gabi Asfour, fashion designer, and Sabine Seymour, wearable technology designer. The project is also supported by the Dean of Mannes College, Richard Kessler. The design school created two classes to work on the project–fashion students to work on the clothing and tech students to work on integrating technology into the clothes.