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Parsons' New Fashion Dean Is All About Sustainable Design


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Just a week after The New School completely rebranded itself with an algorithm-typeface (to, erm, mixed reviews from current and former design students), the School of Fashion has announced a major change as well: Burak Cakmak, former vice president of corporate responsibility for the Swarovski Group, has been named its next dean, WWD reports.

Cakmak was chosen after an international search that involved "several hundred candidates" and required the final six to give formal presentations.

Though we'll certainly miss former dean Simon Collins' notorious wit (he once wrote that fashion bloggers "can sometimes count up to eight and wear curtains for clothes"), Cakmak's fifteen-year career in sustainability promises to make green technology and responsible material sourcing a priority in the school's next era. Cakmak belives that "education holds the best opportunity to help instill in aspiring designers the need to further sustainability, by respecting nature and society and providing more traceable products," the paper writes.