External Projects

Parsons School of Design: Fashion

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Ext Proj: Balenciaga

Spring 2021

Taught By: Francesca Sammaritano

Section: B

CRN: 7778

Credits: 3

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum created a special program open to a limited number of international Fashion Schools to take part in a research and creation project based on the Museum’s collection, its exhibitions, and archives -- the “Transmissions: Heritage and New Creation” project. In this course students will create a collection of original designs based on the heritage of Cristobal Balenciaga, the iconic designer from the Basque region of Spain. Students produce one garment using Balenciaga’s couture and tailoring techniques while understanding fabric qualities as a basis for their research and inspiration. Though this project students will discover the couturier’s creative path and how the different silhouettes evolved, breaking away from established forms. Students will research the history, heritage, and legacy of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s main contributions to the history of fashion: the introduction and development of new silhouettes composed of fabric, air, and the body. The couturier used his mastery of tailoring techniques and extensive knowledge of fabrics to conceive increasingly purer and more abstract silhouettes. At the conclusion of the course, jury-selected student work, both process and garments, will be showcased in a joint exhibition TRANSMISSIONS (first edition in 2018) at the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum, in Getaria, Spain.

Note: Students looking to register, please reach out via email to More information will be shared including due dates, exhibition dates, project guidelines, and expectations to those who express interest via email inquiry to The subject line should read: TRANSMISSIONS. Open to: All second & third semester students in AAS Fashion Design and Junior & Senior year BFA Fashion Design.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Fashion (PSOF)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:57am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/22/2021 - 5/7/2021