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Guide to the Patrick Michael Hughes students' work and teaching records, circa 2007-2010

Collection Overview


Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier


Creator - Teacher

Hughes, Patrick Michael


Parsons School of Design. Fashion Design Department.


Patrick Michael Hughes students' work and teaching records, circa 2007-2010


1 linear ft : 1 box, 12 folders, 4 oversize folders

Language of Materials note



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.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Patrick Michael Hughes students' work and teaching records, PC.02.02.03, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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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.

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Scope and Contents note

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.


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Organization and Arrangement

Organized by course title.

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Administrative Information

Sara Idacavage.

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - 2016 May 11

66 5th Avenue
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Patrick Michael Hughes students' work and teaching records, PC.02.02.03, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by Patrick Michael Hughes, 2013.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Drawings.
  • Notebooks.
  • Student projects.


  • Fashion design.
  • Men's clothing industry.

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Collection Inventory

Independent Study 2009 

Project explores the cultural significance of the traditional men’s suit through writing, photographs, and original designs. As of 2013, this was the only independent study Hughes ever supervised. DiPietro, who graduated in 2010 with a BFA in Integrated Design, designed wallpaper for the lobby of the Sheila Johnson Design Center involving historical dates and events.

Box Folder
"The Suit," Michael DiPietro, 2009 
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History, Culture, Society 2007-2010 

This course appears to have had various names over time, including "History, Clothing, Society" and "History of Clothing and Culture." The class was taught over two semesters, covering different time periods: "History, Culture, Society I" (Ancient-1850) and "History, Culture, Society II" (1850-Present).

Box Folder
Final paper and exam, Jason Niu, 2008 
p_6 3
Historical accessories projects, circa 2007 

Shoes, jewelry, and other accessory designs that all appear to be inspired by objects and styles from the time of the French Revolution. Includes work by students Phume Mthimunye, Dylan Paul Moran Taverner, Rachael Tipping, Angela Brugioni, and Michael DiPietro.

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Historical personage projects, circa 2007 

Clothing designs inspired by historical personages such as Sacajawea, Nell Gywn, Joan of Arc, and Virigina Dare. Includes work by students Tiffany Ma, Nicole Mobasser, Christine Samar, Nicky Ferrada, Michael DiPietro, and Eric Schsberg[?].

p_1 12-13
Multicultural projects, between 2007-2010 

Textual documentation and original clothing designs based on “Inuit people” and “Nanook of the North” by students Alexandra Parkin and Tess Lindgrew. Also includes a small book on the iconography of the courtesan in Japanese Okiyo-e prints by Bach Mai.

p_7 2-3
Paris fashion book, between 2007-2010 

Handmade book on nineteenth and twentieth century Parisian fashion designers by student Brian Suter-Maury, who was a student in a class section taught by Hughes's colleague, Lisa SantaAndrea's . According to Hughes, he asked to have the book because he was so impressed with the project.

Revival projects, circa 2008-2009 

Fashion designs based on modern interpretations of the styles of defunct fashion houses such as Tommy Nutter, Ossie Clark, and Boy London. Includes work by students Dylan Paul Moran Taverner, Angela Brugioni, Lauden Davis, Phume Mthimunye, David Wendel, Ryan O’Connor, Gilda Su, and more.

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p_OSx4 1-3

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Themes in Men's Fashion 2009-2010 

Box Folder
Exhibition notebooks, 2009-2010 

Contains detailed notes and sketches that reflect on students Matt Conway and Brian Suter-Maury’s experiences during class visits to local exhibitions between the spring semester of 2009 and the fall of 2010.

p_7 6-7
Film-inspired design projects, circa 2009-2010 

Papers and original clothing designs inspired by themes related to masculinity identified in the films Dorian Gray and  American Gigolo. Includes work by students Matt Conway, Hugo Tsang, Joseph Williams, and Min Huh.

p_1 9-10
p_OSx4 4
Syllabus, circa 2010 
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Collection Guide Last Updated: 04/11/2017

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