Contact: Joseph McLaughlin
The Gallatin School of Individualized Study has received a $2.5 million gift from the Guess Foundation to establish the Guess Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Fashion and Fashion Business.
The professorship, which begins in the fall 2012 semester, will be awarded to a leader in the field—a distinguished practitioner with expertise in fashion, design or fashion business, or a scholar with expertise in the history of fashion or the fashion business.
The first Guess Visiting Professor will be named this spring.
The chairholder will teach a course at Gallatin and make at least one public presentation during his or her tenure. This may include giving a lecture, hosting a workshop or leading symposia on how to connect creativity, design and business.
The purpose of the professorship and of the gift is to teach students to link the creative side and the business side of fashion. The course will aim to link these two crucial features of leadership and success in the industry.
“As an interdisciplinary school, which includes some students who work actively in both the design and the merchandizing aspects of the fashion business, Gallatin provides a unique space in which to fulfill this vision,” said Gallatin Dean Susanne Wofford.
She added that students interested in fashion incorporate many fields into their studies, including economics, marketing, art history, design, music, history and environmental studies, among other areas.
“Students at Gallatin interested in fashion can study marketing and design as well as art and the history of art at different schools within and outside NYU, but up until now they have not had an intensive course that challenges them to combine these different interests directly,” she said.
Over the past two years, Gallatin students have won eight scholarships from the Fashion Scholarship Fund. They have also taken the lead in designing annual fashion shows with student-designed clothes displayed by NYU student models.
“Gallatin has long explored ways to combine practice with classroom education, and a class taught by the Guess Visiting Professor will be an innovative experiment that will give NYU students exciting and unusual opportunities for learning,” Wofford said.