Design Studies graduate Dora Vanette featured in re:D

Published on: October 7th, 2015


Regarding Design (re:D), the magazine for Parsons alumni and the wider Parsons community (published by The New School Alumni Association), features exceptional alumni work.  The latest issue includes Dora Vanette (a 2014 graduate from ADHT’s MA in Design Studies) for her thesis, “Consuming Socialism: Mid-Century Modernist Interiors in the Former Yugoslavia,” which examines the role of design in the construction of national identity.  According to re:D, her research “[analyzes] coordinated efforts to establish Yugoslavian national tastes through promotion of modern domestic design and representations of family life.  Although many of the interiors shown were beyond the public’s reach, they nonetheless were effective propaganda for a government eager to promote what [Vanette] calls ‘an alternative to the Soviet model of socialism.'”  Vanette goes on to acknowledge the important role and “invaluable assistance” that the Director of Design Studies, Jilly Traganou, played in shaping her work.

To read past issues of re:D, go here.

Insights has previously highlighted Dora’s work interning for Metropolis here.  (Note: This profile was written using Dora Vanette’s maiden name, Dora Sapunar)

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Program Update

Parsons is not currently admitting new students to this master’s degree program. Parsons is now offering a Graduate Minor in Design Studies that is designed to complement the MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies and other graduate programs across the university in design, liberal arts, and social research.