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Patrick Michael Hughes students' work and teaching records

Identifier: PC-02-02-03


Student work and a syllabus from two fashion design courses Patrick Michael Hughes taught at Parsons School of Design between 2007 and 2010. The courses, History, Culture, Society and Themes in Men's Fashion are repesented through notebooks, drawings, and papers. Additionally, the collection includes an independent study project based on the men's suit and a project created in a class taught by Hughes's colleague, Lisa SantaAndrea.


  • circa 2007 - 2010



0.4 Cubic Feet (1 box, 12 folders, 4 oversize folders)

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Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of work created by the students of Patrick Michael Hughes for two of his courses, "Themes in Men’s Fashion" and "History, Culture, Society." Other materials include a course syllabus created by Hughes and student Michael DiPietro's independent study project.

Each work reflects Hughes’ teaching about the socio-cultural effects of fashion throughout history, which is manifested in written papers, design sketches, and other forms of visual documentation. As a whole, the collection provides an in-depth look at how Parsons School of Design students were taught fashion history and how some chose to incorporate it into their own design work between 2007 and 2010. Moreover, these materials reflect Hughes’s interdisciplinary teaching style, which often incorporates films, exhibitions, and theoretical readings to help students understand the symbolism and cultural significance of clothing from a historical perspective.

Much of the dating in this collection is approximate due to the fact that students were often designing based on the fashion calendar, which typically projects many months ahead of the normal calendar. Additionally, some of the students worked on these projects over multiple semesters.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

In accordance with The New School's Intellectual Property Rights Policy, copyright is held by each project's respective designer. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the user.

Biographical note

Patrick Michael Hughes is a fashion and cultural historian based in New York City. He received a bachelor’s degree in the history of art from Manhattanville College before earning a master’s degree from Parsons School of Design in architecture and exhibition design, as well as a master’s degree from the History of Decorative Arts and Design program offered by Parsons in partnership with the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Since 2003, Hughes has been an associate professor at Parsons, where he teaches fashion history and courses offered as part of the school's Integrative Studio seminars. He has also been a lecturer in fashion and textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology since 2011. In addition to teaching, Hughes worked as a fashion reporter for DNAinfo before being appointed to the Luxury Fashion Market Training and Development Department at LVMH in 2014.

Organization and Arrangement

Organized by course title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by Patrick Michael Hughes, 2013.

Guide to the Patrick Michael Hughes students' work and teaching records
Sara Idacavage.
May 11, 2016
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