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Fashion is an expression of our identity. Be a part of the only program aimed at shaping culture while developing fashion industry leaders and agents of positive change.

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Type
Graduate, MFA
Start Term
Fall Only
Credits
60
Duration
2 years
Courses
Plan of Study
School and Department
School of Design,
Fashion Design

Applications Now Open

Master of Fine Arts in Fashion Collection + Communication

If you are interested in being a member of the inaugural incoming class and would like to learn more about this exciting new program, please contact the Fashion Department at fashiondesign@pratt.edu.

The Master of Fine Arts in Fashion Collection + Communication will offer a dynamic trans-disciplinary pedagogical approach that spans design, theoretical analysis, and critical examination. The program will provide a holistic redefining of advanced fashion design education with the core making studios buttressed by non-studio courses in research practices, critical theory, and the study of global fashion systems and their impacts and implications.

The Fashion Department’s mission and learning outcomes speak to current global fashion inquiries, emphasizing experimentation and exploration as well as theoretical analyses framed by issues such as materiality, sustainability, social justice, gender, race, and others. With that in mind, a strong emphasis on conceptual development and making creates continuity between the BFA in Fashion Design and the MFA in Fashion Collection + Communication; this confluence is the hallmark of both undergraduate and graduate study programs in Pratt Fashion.

For application questions and information, please visit Graduate Admissions.

Mission/Purpose

The MFA Fashion Collection + Communication program shapes fashion as an impactful means of communicating with and about the world. The pedagogy strengthens and fortifies students’ creative visions and design languages, highlighting both traditional methods of making and emerging design techniques. The MFA inspires students to form a conceptually rigorous practice that is in meaningful dialogue with critical inquiry in fashion and through trans-disciplinary engagement across Pratt Institute. Graduates of the program will redefine fashion practice as both craft and social critique.

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Dress rehearsal for 2023 Pratt Fashion Show “ASSEMBLAGE” held at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Culture & Community

The design studio is at the core of your educational experience at Pratt. We consider the design studio a mindful and creative space where we form a collaborative learning community. The two-year, 60-credit MFA program will critically examine the concept of the fashion collection and explore how fashion communicates ideas and drives the cultural narrative. This trans-disciplinary program is built around dynamic elective opportunities, an innovative new model that will empower participants to tailor their graduate education to their own areas of focus, through research, studio-based work, and self-directed study.

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Dapper Dan presents the annual Pratt Fashion Visionary Award at the 2019 Pratt Fashion Show.

The Studios + Labs

Sustainability and material exploration drive our passion for making. To prepare students to become leaders within the creative community, Pratt Fashion offers a wide variety of resources including access to Shima Seiki 3D knitting machines and Framis NOSO technology, as well as a dedicated Textile Research Library within the department and a Textile Dye Garden on campus. Explore facilities.

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Black Dress exhibit at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City in February, 2014.

The Faculty

Pratt’s distinguished faculty of outstanding creative professionals and scholars share a common desire to fully develop each student’s individual potential and creativity. The faculty come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds representing the breadth of Fashion Design’s complexity, including Adrienne Jones (Black Dress), Byron Lars, Susan Cianciolo, Shane Gabier. Faculty connections have fostered partnerships with MAMA Farm (Isabella Rossellini), Downtown Brooklyn Alliance, and Navy Yard/Research Yard. See all Fashion Design faculty and administrators.

Adrienne Jones

Professor

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Byron Lars

Jane B Nord Professor of Fashion Design

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Susan Cianciolo

Assistant Professor – Fashion

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Shane Gabier

Visiting Professor

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Claire McKinney

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Dean Sidaway

Associate Professor

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  • Reception tonight The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion from 6-8pm at Pratt Manhattan Gallery

On view from January 22 - March 16

Curated by Jennifer Minniti, Chair, Fashion Design and Matthew Linde, Ph.D.

ALL-IN
Bernadette Corporation x SUPREME
Camilla Carper
CDLM
CFGNY
Susan Cianciolo
Eckhaus Latta
Gauntlett Cheng
Giovanna Flores
Lou Dallas
Luar
Jessi Reaves
SC103
Section 8
Beverly Semmes + CarWash Collective
Martine Syms
Telfar
Vaquera
Elena Velez
Women’s History Museum

Image: Courtesy of Eckhaus Latta / Photo Andre Herrero
  • Student nominations are underway for Pratt Institute's 2024 Distinguished Teacher Award via emails with a unique link for each student, voting closes on Friday, February 9, 2024. Check your email to find your link and support your fashion faculty!
  • The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion

Opening Reception
Thursday, February 8, 6–8 PM, Pratt Manhattan Gallery

Curated by Jennifer Minniti, Chair, Fashion; and Matthew Linde, Ph.D., The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion focuses on a scene of artists and fashion designers from the past ten years who have, in niche ways, re-established New York as a site for experimental fashion. By understanding the commercialism that has traditionally defined New York’s fashion industry, this exhibition points to an alternative history and suggests how an amorphous group of practitioners reshaped the fashion capital from the fringes.

Image courtesy of Giovanna Flores
  • This week! Join us Tuesday-Friday for Open Studio Critiques with our Seniors, Juniors & Sophomores 🌟🌟🌟
  • Last day to see the No Wire Hangers exhibit at the Schafler Gallery in the Chemistry building. Featuring fashion faculty work. Open from 11am-5pm. 

1. Andrea Katz
2. Andrea Katz 
3. Isa Rodrigues
4. Yoon Chang
5. Kerry Ryan 
6. Karin Yngvesdotter
7. Byron Lars
  • Last days to see No Wire Hangers show at the Schafler Gallery Chemistry building featuring fashion faculty 11am-5pm
1. Dean Sidaway
2. Jacob Olmedo
3. Brooke Garner
4. Jacob Olmedo and Kerry Ryan
5. Emily Putterman
6. Tracey Weisman
7. Adrienne Jones
8. Shane Gabier
  • Join us tomorrow Thursday November 16th at Higgins Hall from 6-8pm for Black Dress Talks: Costume Design with designers Emilio Sosa, Zinda Williams, Paul Tazewell moderated by Adrienne Jones. RSVP at the link in bio.
  • This Thursday! Prof. Adrienne Jones continues her Black Dress Talks series with a special event on Costume Design featuring Zinda Williams, Paul Tazewell and Pratt alum, Emilio Sosa — RSVP at the link in bio! @esosafashion @paultazewell @houseofzinda @blackdresstheexhibit @chezchelle
  • Prof. Karin Yngvesdotter in Fashionista talking about inclusivity in design! ❤️‍🔥
Reception tonight The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion from 6-8pm at Pratt Manhattan Gallery

On view from January 22 - March 16

Curated by Jennifer Minniti, Chair, Fashion Design and Matthew Linde, Ph.D.

ALL-IN
Bernadette Corporation x SUPREME
Camilla Carper
CDLM
CFGNY
Susan Cianciolo
Eckhaus Latta
Gauntlett Cheng
Giovanna Flores
Lou Dallas
Luar
Jessi Reaves
SC103
Section 8
Beverly Semmes + CarWash Collective
Martine Syms
Telfar
Vaquera
Elena Velez
Women’s History Museum

Image: Courtesy of Eckhaus Latta / Photo Andre Herrero
Reception tonight The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion from 6-8pm at Pratt Manhattan Gallery On view from January 22 - March 16 Curated by Jennifer Minniti, Chair, Fashion Design and Matthew Linde, Ph.D. ALL-IN Bernadette Corporation x SUPREME Camilla Carper CDLM CFGNY Susan Cianciolo Eckhaus Latta Gauntlett Cheng Giovanna Flores Lou Dallas Luar Jessi Reaves SC103 Section 8 Beverly Semmes + CarWash Collective Martine Syms Telfar Vaquera Elena Velez Women’s History Museum Image: Courtesy of Eckhaus Latta / Photo Andre Herrero
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Student nominations are underway for Pratt Institute's 2024 Distinguished Teacher Award via emails with a unique link for each student, voting closes on Friday, February 9, 2024. Check your email to find your link and support your fashion faculty!
Student nominations are underway for Pratt Institute's 2024 Distinguished Teacher Award via emails with a unique link for each student, voting closes on Friday, February 9, 2024. Check your email to find your link and support your fashion faculty!
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The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion

Opening Reception
Thursday, February 8, 6–8 PM, Pratt Manhattan Gallery

Curated by Jennifer Minniti, Chair, Fashion; and Matthew Linde, Ph.D., The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion focuses on a scene of artists and fashion designers from the past ten years who have, in niche ways, re-established New York as a site for experimental fashion. By understanding the commercialism that has traditionally defined New York’s fashion industry, this exhibition points to an alternative history and suggests how an amorphous group of practitioners reshaped the fashion capital from the fringes.

Image courtesy of Giovanna Flores
The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion Opening Reception Thursday, February 8, 6–8 PM, Pratt Manhattan Gallery Curated by Jennifer Minniti, Chair, Fashion; and Matthew Linde, Ph.D., The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion focuses on a scene of artists and fashion designers from the past ten years who have, in niche ways, re-established New York as a site for experimental fashion. By understanding the commercialism that has traditionally defined New York’s fashion industry, this exhibition points to an alternative history and suggests how an amorphous group of practitioners reshaped the fashion capital from the fringes. Image courtesy of Giovanna Flores
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This week! Join us Tuesday-Friday for Open Studio Critiques with our Seniors, Juniors & Sophomores 🌟🌟🌟
This week! Join us Tuesday-Friday for Open Studio Critiques with our Seniors, Juniors & Sophomores 🌟🌟🌟
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Last day to see the No Wire Hangers exhibit at the Schafler Gallery in the Chemistry building. Featuring fashion faculty work. Open from 11am-5pm. 

1. Andrea Katz
2. Andrea Katz 
3. Isa Rodrigues
4. Yoon Chang
5. Kerry Ryan 
6. Karin Yngvesdotter
7. Byron Lars
Last day to see the No Wire Hangers exhibit at the Schafler Gallery in the Chemistry building. Featuring fashion faculty work. Open from 11am-5pm. 

1. Andrea Katz
2. Andrea Katz 
3. Isa Rodrigues
4. Yoon Chang
5. Kerry Ryan 
6. Karin Yngvesdotter
7. Byron Lars
Last day to see the No Wire Hangers exhibit at the Schafler Gallery in the Chemistry building. Featuring fashion faculty work. Open from 11am-5pm. 

1. Andrea Katz
2. Andrea Katz 
3. Isa Rodrigues
4. Yoon Chang
5. Kerry Ryan 
6. Karin Yngvesdotter
7. Byron Lars
Last day to see the No Wire Hangers exhibit at the Schafler Gallery in the Chemistry building. Featuring fashion faculty work. Open from 11am-5pm. 

1. Andrea Katz
2. Andrea Katz 
3. Isa Rodrigues
4. Yoon Chang
5. Kerry Ryan 
6. Karin Yngvesdotter
7. Byron Lars
Last day to see the No Wire Hangers exhibit at the Schafler Gallery in the Chemistry building. Featuring fashion faculty work. Open from 11am-5pm. 

1. Andrea Katz
2. Andrea Katz 
3. Isa Rodrigues
4. Yoon Chang
5. Kerry Ryan 
6. Karin Yngvesdotter
7. Byron Lars
Last day to see the No Wire Hangers exhibit at the Schafler Gallery in the Chemistry building. Featuring fashion faculty work. Open from 11am-5pm. 

1. Andrea Katz
2. Andrea Katz 
3. Isa Rodrigues
4. Yoon Chang
5. Kerry Ryan 
6. Karin Yngvesdotter
7. Byron Lars
Last day to see the No Wire Hangers exhibit at the Schafler Gallery in the Chemistry building. Featuring fashion faculty work. Open from 11am-5pm. 

1. Andrea Katz
2. Andrea Katz 
3. Isa Rodrigues
4. Yoon Chang
5. Kerry Ryan 
6. Karin Yngvesdotter
7. Byron Lars
Last day to see the No Wire Hangers exhibit at the Schafler Gallery in the Chemistry building. Featuring fashion faculty work. Open from 11am-5pm. 1. Andrea Katz 2. Andrea Katz 3. Isa Rodrigues 4. Yoon Chang 5. Kerry Ryan 6. Karin Yngvesdotter 7. Byron Lars
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Last days to see No Wire Hangers show at the Schafler Gallery Chemistry building featuring fashion faculty 11am-5pm
1. Dean Sidaway
2. Jacob Olmedo
3. Brooke Garner
4. Jacob Olmedo and Kerry Ryan
5. Emily Putterman
6. Tracey Weisman
7. Adrienne Jones
8. Shane Gabier
Last days to see No Wire Hangers show at the Schafler Gallery Chemistry building featuring fashion faculty 11am-5pm
1. Dean Sidaway
2. Jacob Olmedo
3. Brooke Garner
4. Jacob Olmedo and Kerry Ryan
5. Emily Putterman
6. Tracey Weisman
7. Adrienne Jones
8. Shane Gabier
Last days to see No Wire Hangers show at the Schafler Gallery Chemistry building featuring fashion faculty 11am-5pm
1. Dean Sidaway
2. Jacob Olmedo
3. Brooke Garner
4. Jacob Olmedo and Kerry Ryan
5. Emily Putterman
6. Tracey Weisman
7. Adrienne Jones
8. Shane Gabier
Last days to see No Wire Hangers show at the Schafler Gallery Chemistry building featuring fashion faculty 11am-5pm
1. Dean Sidaway
2. Jacob Olmedo
3. Brooke Garner
4. Jacob Olmedo and Kerry Ryan
5. Emily Putterman
6. Tracey Weisman
7. Adrienne Jones
8. Shane Gabier
Last days to see No Wire Hangers show at the Schafler Gallery Chemistry building featuring fashion faculty 11am-5pm
1. Dean Sidaway
2. Jacob Olmedo
3. Brooke Garner
4. Jacob Olmedo and Kerry Ryan
5. Emily Putterman
6. Tracey Weisman
7. Adrienne Jones
8. Shane Gabier
Last days to see No Wire Hangers show at the Schafler Gallery Chemistry building featuring fashion faculty 11am-5pm
1. Dean Sidaway
2. Jacob Olmedo
3. Brooke Garner
4. Jacob Olmedo and Kerry Ryan
5. Emily Putterman
6. Tracey Weisman
7. Adrienne Jones
8. Shane Gabier
Last days to see No Wire Hangers show at the Schafler Gallery Chemistry building featuring fashion faculty 11am-5pm
1. Dean Sidaway
2. Jacob Olmedo
3. Brooke Garner
4. Jacob Olmedo and Kerry Ryan
5. Emily Putterman
6. Tracey Weisman
7. Adrienne Jones
8. Shane Gabier
Last days to see No Wire Hangers show at the Schafler Gallery Chemistry building featuring fashion faculty 11am-5pm
1. Dean Sidaway
2. Jacob Olmedo
3. Brooke Garner
4. Jacob Olmedo and Kerry Ryan
5. Emily Putterman
6. Tracey Weisman
7. Adrienne Jones
8. Shane Gabier
Last days to see No Wire Hangers show at the Schafler Gallery Chemistry building featuring fashion faculty 11am-5pm 1. Dean Sidaway 2. Jacob Olmedo 3. Brooke Garner 4. Jacob Olmedo and Kerry Ryan 5. Emily Putterman 6. Tracey Weisman 7. Adrienne Jones 8. Shane Gabier
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Join us tomorrow Thursday November 16th at Higgins Hall from 6-8pm for Black Dress Talks: Costume Design with designers Emilio Sosa, Zinda Williams, Paul Tazewell moderated by Adrienne Jones. RSVP at the link in bio.
Join us tomorrow Thursday November 16th at Higgins Hall from 6-8pm for Black Dress Talks: Costume Design with designers Emilio Sosa, Zinda Williams, Paul Tazewell moderated by Adrienne Jones. RSVP at the link in bio.
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This Thursday! Prof. Adrienne Jones continues her Black Dress Talks series with a special event on Costume Design featuring Zinda Williams, Paul Tazewell and Pratt alum, Emilio Sosa — RSVP at the link in bio! @esosafashion @paultazewell @houseofzinda @blackdresstheexhibit @chezchelle
This Thursday! Prof. Adrienne Jones continues her Black Dress Talks series with a special event on Costume Design featuring Zinda Williams, Paul Tazewell and Pratt alum, Emilio Sosa — RSVP at the link in bio! @esosafashion @paultazewell @houseofzinda @blackdresstheexhibit @chezchelle
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Prof. Karin Yngvesdotter in Fashionista talking about inclusivity in design! ❤️‍🔥
Prof. Karin Yngvesdotter in Fashionista talking about inclusivity in design! ❤️‍🔥
Prof. Karin Yngvesdotter in Fashionista talking about inclusivity in design! ❤️‍🔥
Prof. Karin Yngvesdotter in Fashionista talking about inclusivity in design! ❤️‍🔥
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