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27 Mar

Pratt Fashion to Honor Robin Givhan at Show, and

Pratt Institute plans to honor Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan during this spring’s Pratt Shows: Fashion.

Scheduled for May 10 at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, the event will salute Givhan, The Washington Post’s senior critic-at-large, by presenting her with Pratt’s Fashion Visionary Award. With work that encompasses politics, race and the humanities, Givhan has been celebrated for her groundbreaking fashion criticism. That three-fold perspective appealed to Pratt.

“Honoring her now is very important as fashion education is undergoing a metamorphosis in response to, and in dialogue with, politics,” race and the humanities, based on Jennifer Minniti, chair of Pratt Fashion and inaugural Jane B. Nord Professor of Fashion Design.

After launching her profession on the Detroit Free Press, Givhan has also written for such outlets as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The Day by day Beast, Essence and Latest York magazine. She first joined The Washington Post within the mid-’90s and swiftly became an authoritative voice in the style industry with a wide-angled and connect-the-dots viewpoint. Last fall she was honored with the Editor Award from Harlem’s Fashion Row. Givhan’s also has written several books, including “The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Highlight and Made History,” which was published by Flatiron Books in 2016.

Minniti described Givhan as “one in all the foremost fashion writers and critics of our generation” whose insight into fashion as culture “reflects the ethos of the style department and our latest MFA in Fashion Collection + Communication.”

For fall 2024, Pratt’s School of Design shall be offering this latest MFA, which is targeted at a wide selection of creatives including designers, curators, performance artists, theorists and educators. The target is to deal with the movement underfoot to redefine fashion not only by way of production and conceptualization but in addition through social critique. Describing the brand new MFA as “a call to motion,” Minniti said, “We had a number of time, in the course of the past three years, to reflect upon fashion practice and fashion education — and the urgent need for change.”

Designed to be “trans-disciplinary,” the two-year, 60-credit program is built “around dynamic elective pathways” that are supposed to be an progressive latest model “that can empower participants to tailor their graduate education to their very own areas of focus, including photography, education, film, curation, and performance.”

Currently the Brooklyn-based Pratt Institute has about 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students studying art, design, architecture, information and digital innovation and liberal arts and sciences.

Under the brand new MFA program, students will embark on research, studio work and self-directed studies with input from Pratt Fashion faculty, scholars and industry peers. By doing so, the brand new MFA candidates will develop relationships with leaders in sustainability, human rights and social justice, and create partnerships with local and global organizations which can be “transforming fashion systems,” Minniti said.

The launch of the MFA “brings renewed attention to the role of social critique in fashion — and Robin Givhan’s extensive body of labor on this area is deserving of recognition now greater than ever,” she said.

This spring’s event in Brooklyn may also feature the work of select Pratt seniors in the varsity’s 122nd annual show. Billed as “Assemblage,” the runway show will include eight to fifteen looks from the featured collections. Accessories may also be in the combination. Inventiveness is a key a part of the equation because the school’s fashion program blends illustration, photography, film, performance, visual studies and material culture.

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