Parsons Benefit Awards Student Design Winners | Announces a Generous Donation 


The New School held its annual Parsons Benefit at Pier Sixty in New York raising $1.86 million for student scholarships. Now in its 68th year the event honored fashion designer and Parsons grad Donna KaranHuffington Post founder and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, and art curator and New School grad Beth Rudin DeWoody.

The evening also came with the announcement by Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design, Joel Towers, that Kay Unger, through the Kay Unger Family Foundation, has donated $7 million to Parsons to go directly to the university’s new 35,000-square-foot design space ‘Making Center’ which will open this fall. The gesture by the designer, philanthropist, Parsons graduate, and Parsons’ Chair of the Board of Governors is representative of her passion for her alma mater and nurturing new talent.

We have so much to celebrate at Parsons this year, starting with the four women we honored for their work in social good and their accomplishments in art and performance, and the generous spirit of Kay Unger, who tirelessly mentors our students and guides our school. Her gift to our new Making Center ensures the next generation of designers will marry making and imagination.

– Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons

The evening’s main event the annual student fashion show, followed by the announcement of award winners by Dean of the School of Fashion, Burak Cakmak. Cakmak and Donna Karan presented awards to:

Womenswear Designers of the Year | Angela Luna & Jackson Wiederhoeft
Menswear Designer of the Year | Ming Peng
Kering Empowering Imagination Award| Tiffany Huang & Ya Jun Lin
Eyes on Talents Innovation Award | Angela Luna
VFiles Academy Prize | Seoyoon Song

The Impression congratulates all the award winners and invites you to see all of the students and winners work here. In addition kudos to the all those involved in raising such a wonderful sum in scholarship funds. And while many a supporter deserve thanks, the charity and vision of Kay Unger is an example to us all of the spirit of support in championing fashion’s future generations.

Photos | Andrew Toth/Getty