IFA Paris & KSU Illuminate NYFW
Photo by Zoey Cross
The radiance of New York Fashion Week poised to soar to even greater heights as two esteemed fashion institutions, International Fashion Academy Paris and the School of Fashion at Kent State University, reunited in a spectacular celebration of creativity. With the generous support of the Garment District Alliance and the New York Film Academy, this eagerly awaited joint fashion show was Wednesday, September 6th, 2023, at 6 pm.
This year’s event, building upon the resounding success of their debut collaboration in September 2022, promised to be a remarkable homage to diverse cultures and a testament to their shared commitment to elevate alumni engagement and recognition. Both IFA Paris and KSU’s School of Fashion have long been trailblazers in fashion education, nurturing the next generation of visionary designers and industry leaders. The technical and media expertise of the NYFA added depth to the execution of this immersive showcase.
This unique partnership between these prestigious institutions aimed to magnify their influence by harnessing their distinct strengths and perspectives. At its core, the joint fashion show during NYFW was a celebration of the connection between diverse cultures, united by a shared love for fashion and creativity. It promised to captivate and inspire not only the fashion community but also a broader audience with an enchanting array of collections that seamlessly melded traditional techniques and contemporary designs from around the globe.
The creative synergy of IFA Paris, KSU’s School of Fashion, and NYFA brought forth a wealth of global talent, a defining hallmark of these institutions. The show, with a resolute focus on innovation, sustainability, and inclusivity, embodied the essence of a reimagined future for the fashion industry.
Photo by Zoey Cross
Jean-Baptiste Andreani, CEO at IFA Paris, shared his excitement about the collaboration, stating, “We are truly thrilled to join forces with the School of Fashion at Kent State University for the second time. Our shared dedication to empowering young designers and embracing diverse cultures forms the bedrock of this partnership. This show transcends being merely a runway event; it is a manifestation of our vision for the future of fashion–one that is inclusive, compassionate, and sustainable.”
Ann Mariko Walter, Director of NYC Fashion, a study-away location of the School of Fashion at KSU, expressed her enthusiasm, saying, “Last year’s joint show was a testament to the magic that occurs when creative minds unite. This year, we aim to raise the bar even higher. Our students and alumni eagerly anticipate the opportunity to showcase their ingenuity and explore how the fusion of global cultures can lead to a revolutionary era in the fashion industry.”
Featured photo courtesy of KSU & IFA Paris