The field of fashion demands equal parts creativity and entrepreneurship—two skills that are synonymous with Gallatin. In support of our students' interest in fashion, each fall, the School names a prominent figure from the fashion world as the Guess Distinguished Visiting Chair in Fashion and Fashion Business and offers a Practicum in Fashion Business, taught by the visiting faculty member. In the spring, Gallatin hosts the student-run Gallatin Fashion Show—a signature event of the School which showcases the work of student designers and celebrates the interdisciplinary spirit of Gallatin. Now in its fifth year, the show’s annual themes have explored eco and sustainable fashion design, the intersections of music and fashion, gender and fashion, and, in 2015, literature and fashion. In addition to these offerings, Gallatin’s Program in Global Fashion allows undergraduate students studying at NYU London and NYU Florence a comprehensive overview of British and Italian fashion, respectively, drawing inspiration from the rich cultures and histories of each hub of style. There is also a student-run fashion magazine and blog, Embodied, that aims to address relevant issues of identity, self-esteem, and diversity while promoting an inclusive definition of beauty.
Guess Foundation Distinguished Visiting Chair in Fashion Business
The Gallatin School of Individualized Study 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 began in the fall of 2012, is awarded to 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. Read more here, including bios of recent Visiting Chairs.
Global Fashion Courses in London and Florence
Gallatin offers the unique Program in Global Fashion during the fall and spring semesters to undergraduates at NYU London and NYU Florence, which guarantees spots in fashion courses including the History of British Fashion and History of Italian Fashion. For more information, including program requirements, see here. To apply, complete the relevant NYU Semester-Long Study Abroad Application, choose “Fashion,” and complete the supplemental essay.
Annual Fashion Show
The annual Gallatin Fashion Show has grown into one of Gallatin’s showcase events. Designers comprised of current students, alumni, and faculty along with visual artists debut their collections in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd each spring. View photo sets from past shows here and view the latest videos of the show here. The spring 2015 theme is Fashion and Literature.