How Fashion Students Around The World Are Responding To The Coronavirus Crisis

Kou Yanga was in the midst of designing his graduate womenswear collection when he found out New York’s Parsons School of Design would be closing its doors and transitioning to online learning in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The news came during the most critical semester of his MFA program for fashion design, a time when he would be developing the final garments for his intricate, dance-inspired thesis collection. “This break was supposed to be utilized for developing our look, making lots of samples, finalizing the pattern, and so on,” Yanga explains. “Instead, we are waiting for information in regards to online study, which is basically impossible for fashion design students.” Students from Milan to New York City have been scrambling to adapt to learning from home, leaving art and fashion students like Yanga wondering how they will complete their work. Many have lost access to the studios, machinery and fabric suppliers that they rely on. Read more at i-D.