Fashion Projects Issue #4: On Fashion Criticism

fashion_cover-1SMALLERSIZEThe new issue of Fashion Projects, a New York–based fashion journal is now out. This
issue, the journal’s fourth, is devoted entirely to the subject of fashion criticism. It is the
first such study devoted to that cultural field. Starting with a brief history of US based
fashion criticism, the issue features extended Q&A interviews with leading practitioners
of fashion criticism including W editor Stefano Tonchi, International Herald Tribune
critic Suzy Menkes, the New Yorker’s Judith Thurman, New York Times writer Guy
Trebay, and Robin Givhan, the first fashion critic to receive a Pulitzer Prize. Of course,
Givhan is also the only fashion critic to win a Pulitzer Prize—a fact that shows fashion
criticism’s struggle for legitimization vis-à-vis other areas of art and cultural criticism.

Fashion Projects was founded in 2005 by editor Francesca Granata, Assistant Professor
of Fashion Studies at Parsons the New School for Design and has received grants from
the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs. The issue, which as the Columbia Journalism Review writes “covers the
discipline, accessibly, from an academic perspective,” feature writings and contributions
from Parsons alumni of the MA Fashion Studies and, the MA in the History of
Decorative Arts and Design. The most recent cover was designed by Sarah Smith—a graduate of Parsons BFA in Graphic Design.

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