A collection of approximately thirty discrete audiorecordings documenting designer critic sessions in the Fashion Design Department of Parsons School of Design. In each recording, professional fashion designers introduce themselves and their project concepts to fashion design students, who then selected the "designer critic" with whom they would like to work in their last year at Parsons. Designer critics include Parsons School of Design alumni, such as Adri, Jeffrey Banks, Donald Brooks, Louis Dell'Olio, Isaac Mizrahi, Charlotte Neuville, and Tracy Reese, as well as frequent visitors Stan Herman and Gloria Sachs. The recordings also capture the voices of longtime faculty members Frank Rizzo and Marie Essex. The recordings were made during the fall semesters of 1994 and 1995, and average eighteen minutes in duration each, resulting in a total of over eight hours of audio.
Related Archival Materials Note
The Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department records (PC.02.02.01) contain programs and other materials documenting the annual fashion show, which were employed in the identification of these recordings. Additionally, "Award Boards" from the 1996 fashion show, representing the culmination of the Fall 1995 critic sessions, are also in this record group. Award Boards for the 1995 fashion show have not been located.
Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department records (pre-2008 accessions)