Discovering American Luxury: How Students at Parsons School of Design Identified “Made in America Luxury”

For graduate students wishing to prepare themselves for a career in the management and marketing of luxury goods, a program run by France’s emLyon Business School in concert with Parsons School of Design in New York City helps them to do exactly that by allowing them to learn directly from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in luxury-goods-related industries.

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Prolific Imagination: Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller is a name many Americans may be familiar with, yet most probably can't say exactly why. Today, Fuller is identified with numerous concepts and inventions, the most famous of which is the geodesic dome, which can be seen in such structures as EPCOT's Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World in Orlando and the Biosphere (originally part of Expo '67) in Montreal, Canada.

Teaching Creativity: Parsons School of Design

In New York City, one college is respected above all others for instructing students in the fine arts, advertising and graphic design, interior design and fashion design.

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A Forgotten Pioneer: Alexey Brodovitch

Alexey Vyacheslavovich Brodovitch was one of the best-known art directors in America in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, famous for his work on venerable fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar, published by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Although he's not as recognized today as some of his peers from that era, Brodovitch set the standard for avant-garde publication design in the middle of the 20th century, especially for mass-market culture periodicals.

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The Neoclassicist: Robert A. M. Stern

Roughly a decade ago, a new era in luxury condominium sales commenced in New York City, perhaps unsurprisingly, at the southwest corner of Central Park immediately adjacent to Trump International Tower.

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In Full Bloom: Preston Bailey

In the rarefied world of high-profile and celebrity weddings, a relatively new name has been making the rounds as the go-to person for spectacular occasions that have transformed both indoor and outdoor settings into magical locations in time and space, bedecked with flowers, props and illumination worthy of top-tier theatrical productions.

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Luxury’s Leather Daddy: Peter Marino

On a high floor of Manhattan's 150 58th Street office building, a stocky, musclebound, leather-clad man sporting dark aviator sunglasses and a macho 1970s-style beard, moustache and goatee strides into a modern office amidst Damien Hirst paintings, Robert Mapplethorpe photographs and a cornucopia of other artworks valued in the millions of dollars.

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Taking American Design Forward: Lester Beall

Among American graphic artists, there are relatively few individuals whose work is inextricably tied to the poster format, particularly as it was represented in the propaganda art campaigns the U.S. government ran during the Great Depression and throughout World War II. But Lester Beall was one such artist, whose work was irresistibly modern and who nearly single-handedly pushed graphic design for the masses relentlessly forward into the future even as his American peers were toying with more artistic-based and esoteric approaches.

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America’s First Couturier: Charles James

In America prior to the year 1900, "fashion" was a made-to-measure business; virtually all high-end clothing was painstakingly custom-made for both men and women. With the onset of the 20th century, however, large department stores and the media made it possible for unique, individual designs of clothing to be both promoted and mass-manufactured, allowing the skilled craftsmen and women who created them to become famous for their sartorial talents.

A Style Unto Himself: Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg was an artist and illustrator most famous for his cartoon drawings, many of which appeared both in the interior pages and on the cover of the venerable literary magazine The New Yorker.