Why Jim Parsons Decided He Was Done With The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory, Series FinaleSometimes, even if you’re the star of one of the most popular shows on TV, you just want to do something else.
It was Jim Parsons’ decision to walk away from CBS’ The Big…

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Michael Vollbracht Tribute Planned for September at Parsons

The life and work of Michael Vollbracht will be celebrated Sept. 4 at a memorial at The New School’s Parsons School of Design.
Iris Apfel, Bethann Hardison, Kay Unger, Joel Towers, Jeffrey Banks and Stan Herman will be among the 12 speakers who will pay tribute to the fashion designer and illustrator, who died in June at the age of 70. The event will start at 6 p.m. at the school’s auditorium at 66 West 12th Street in Manhattan.
After years of working as an illustrator, Vollbracht switched camps to fashion design and earned a Coty award in his second season. In 1980, two years after starting his signature label without any outside funding, Vollbracht, a dedicated movie fan, told WWD, “I owe my talent to American films.” He also shared his cinematic view of the world with Bill Blass, whom he helped with a museum retrospective at Indiana University and the company, which he took over the creative reigns from Lars Nilsson in 2003.
In addition, donations in Vollbracht’s honor will be accepted to support a scholarship in his name through the Parsons Scholars program. The Kay Unger Family Foundation will match every donation that is received. Vollbracht graduated from Parsons in

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Project, Parsons Identify Latest Next in Class Group

Project has partnered once again with The New School’s Parsons School of Design for the newest edition of “Next In Class,” a selection of directional new men’s and dual-gender designers that will be showcased at the upcoming trade show in New York.
The designers recently graduated as part of the school’s MFA and BFA programs and are Neil Grotzinger of Nihl, who just showed at New York Fashion Week: Men’s and was an LVMH Prize finalist, as well as Ru Jin Tsai, Anne Li and Jeongmin Cho.
Tommy Fazio, men’s fashion director of UBM Fashion, said: “We are always finding opportunities to leverage our platform to support the growth of new breaking talent. After having had four successful seasons under our belt, we are excited to welcome four innovative men’s wear designers into the ‘Next In Class’ program.”

Burak Cakmak, dean of fashion for Parsons, said the designers “represent the future of the fashion industry, and I’m thrilled they are being given the opportunity to expand their brands.”
Project New York will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York from July 22 to 24. The designers will present their collection to retailers as a way to gain exposure and insight into the

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Sustainability, Identity, Social Change Key Themes in Parsons Graduation Collections

More than 300 students from Parsons School of Design’s AAS Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing and BFA Fashion Design programs are exhibiting their graduation collections during a three-day festival that runs May 16 through May 18. For the first time, the exhibition is open to the public.
Spread over three floors of The New School’s University Center, the collections are curated by topical themes, such as Materiality, having to do with textile innovation, Social Justice, Systems and Society, as well as designs having to do with sleep, and a whole lot of gender and race identity. There was a lot to take in, with many of the garments on display falling under deconstructed, gender-fluid and fantasy-driven.
In terms of textile innovation and sustainability, one standout collection was by Gal Yakobovitch, who was inspired by her father who used to make surfboards in the Seventies. She sought to find biodegradable replacements for the classic materials used to make wet suits and such, developing her own tapioca bioplastic, gelatin glass and gelatin foam from ingredients that can mostly be found in a bodega and making her materials in her own kitchen. “This one is remeltable and recastable,” she said, holding up a rubbery material

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Pitti Tutorship Teams Up With Parsons for ‘Reward’ Prize

TALENT SCOUTING: Pitti Tutorship, Pitti Immagine’s business division aimed at supporting emerging designers in the development of their brands, has teamed with New York-based The New School’s Parsons School of Design for the fifth edition of its “Pitti Tutorship Reward” prize.
Established in 2017, the talent competition addresses fashion design students who have the chance to get the support of the Pitti Tutorship team, guided by director Riccardo Vannetti, to start paving their professional career path.
For this new edition, an academic jury including The New School’s Parsons School of Design’s professors will select three of their students who enrolled in the project. Vannetti will name the winner, who will be awarded during the 70th Parsons Benefit Event hosted in New York on May 21 at the Pier Sixty venue.
Previously, Pitti Tutorship collaborated for its “Pitti Tutorship Reward” prize with several international fashion schools, including The Costume and Fashion Academy of Rome, Milan’s European Institute of Design and London’s Central Saint Martins.
Founded in January 2016, Pitti Tutorship supports designers in the different aspects of their business, from researching the right production and distribution partners to the development of communication strategies and brand-image activities.

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Gucci’s Marco Bizzarri, Farfetch’s José Neves to Be Honored at The New School’s Parsons Benefit

PARSONS TAKES TWO: Two fashion forces — Gucci’s Marco Bizzarri and Farfetch’s José Neves — will be the guests of honor at The New School’s 70th Parsons benefit.
Gucci’s president and chief executive officer and Farfetch’s founder and ceo will be saluted not only for their leadership and innovation, but also for their commitment to sustainability. The executives join the ranks of such other previous honorees as Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Macy’s, Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker.
In commending Bizzarri and Neves for “fostering innovative and inclusive design,” Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons School of Design, said, “Parsons was founded upon the idea that design can change the world, and our honorees are creating positive change that will impact the industry for years to come.”
Bizzarri, who joined the Kering Group in 2005, took over the helm at Gucci in 2015. With the creative direction of Alessandro Michele, he has seen the label’s sales launch skyward. The Italian house’s sales last year rose beyond 6 billion euros. Bizzarri has racked up all sorts of awards for the Italian label’s turnaround in recent years, including the British Fashion Council’s Business Leader of the Year award in 2016 and

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Parsons: I’m in a profession that retires you

Nicholas Parsons says it’s the “wonderful frissance in the air” that keeps him coming back to the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe.
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Norell x Parsons x Neiman Marcus Award Reception

On Thursday, Parsons School of Design, in partnership with Norell fragrances and Neiman Marcus, revealed the winner of the Norman Norell couture design award. The student winner, Anthony Galante, was presented a $ 5,000 grant from Norell and his work will be presented and made for special order in the 2017 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. The event followed the “Norell x Parsons” external projects spring 2017 course, which was created through a partnership with Parlux Ltd. and Neiman Marcus.
Through this course, students were given the opportunity to learn the history, heritage and legacy of designer and brand Norman Norell and re-create their own relevant interpretation for the award.
When speaking to the award and partnership, Ken Downing stated, “There was always a seduction to Norman Norell’s clothes. He never gave away all of her secrets immediately, it was with an open back, it was with a high slit. There was always a seductive quality even when he was creating daywear. You see that in some of the designs the students have put forth. I’m happy to see when fashion understands that we have to celebrate where we’ve been so that we can go forward in a very modern way.”
The 14 students’ looks were

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Jim Parsons Marries Longtime Partner Todd Spiewak

“Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons and his longtime partner Todd Spiewak are officially married. A rep for the actor confirmed the news to People. 

There aren’t many details about the wedding, but Page Six reports the nuptials took place at The Rainbow Room in New York City. 

For the past couple years, Parsons has noted that he and Spiewak were never in a rush to tie the knot. When asked during a 2015 appearance on “The View” about whether he saw marriage in his future, he said, “I don’t know. I guess I kind of think so.” 

“So much of my adult life, that wasn’t really a possibility, and I have grown more interested in the idea, and certainly supportive of the notion, and if my [getting] married would help the notion in general, even that would be enough to make me want to do it,” he said. 

Parsons and Spiewak, a graphic designer, have been together for over 14 years. Last November, the 44-year-old star shared an Instagram photo on the couple’s anniversary and gushed about Spiewak in the caption. 

“I met this guy (the one with the mic) 14 years ago today and it was the best thing that ever happened to me, no contest,” Parsons wrote. “One of his greatest gifts to me is that he no longer takes me to sing karaoke. Also, I believe this was a selfie with an actual camera, as our phones couldn’t do that back then hahaha! #todd #anniversary.”

Congrats to the happy couple!

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The New School’s Parsons and Panasonic Team for Wearable Prototypes at SXSW

Students at The New School’s Parsons School of Design and Panasonic Corp. have joined forces to unveil two wellness wearable prototypes at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Tex., next week.
The MFA candidates and undergrads worked with Game Changer Catapult, Panasonic’s innovation acceleration team, to finesse the Göbie bracelet, which is designed to trigger impromptu opportunities to play. Using haptic feedback, gesture recognition and a visual LED language, the device encourages users to interact in person. Its connected app recognizes when other Göbie users are nearby and “prompts a spontaneous play experience that fosters a sense of community no matter the location.”
Panasonic linked up the students with business leaders, engineers and a UX designer in its acceleration team. The aspiring designers are from Parsons’ MFA Industrial Design and MFA Design and Technology programs as well as the one for the BBA Strategic Design and Management programs. They decided on wearables that are meant to enhance social interaction and to help wearers catch a better night’s sleep.
With a blizzard of events, parties, all-night gaming, talks, networking opportunities, festivals and performances running March 10 to 19, SXSW could be a prime time to try Sleepwise, a compact device with an app that helps wearers

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Claire Danes, Jim Parsons to Star in Transgender Family Drama ‘A Kid Like Jake’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Jim Parsons and Claire Danes are attached to star as a married couple in the family drama “A Kid Like Jake,” based on a celebrated Lincoln Center play, Variety has learned. The story, about a couple trying to raise a 4-year-old-son who prefers to dress up as a princess instead of G.I. Joe, is especially… Read more »



Hidden Figures Stars Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons and Glen Powell Open Up About Death of John Glenn

For the stars of Hidden Figures, the death of hero astronaut John Glenn makes the film all the more meaningful.

“He was a brother, he was an uncle, he was a father,” Kevin Costner, who plays NASA manager Al Harrison in the movie, told PEOPLE of Glenn on Saturday at a special screening of Hidden Figures in New York City.

“Then there’s the idea of how a man lived his life and I realized, that man, he lived his life. As a soldier, as an astronaut, as a senator. He was not only in control of the planes he flew. He was in control of his life.”

Glenn died on Thursday, surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, according to a hospital statement.

Glen Powell portrays the astronaut-turned-U.S. senator in the film about three African-American women who provided NASA with the key mathematical data used to get Glenn to space in the program’s first successful space mission.

He told PEOPLE that playing Glenn caused him to see the famed astronaut in a new light.

“I think the more you fall in love with him, the more you start to look at him like a grandfather that you’re really proud of,” he said at the screening.

“It really does feel like a loss. But at the end of the day, in 95 years, there’s not anybody I think has accomplished more in that amount of time,” Powell said.

He added: “ affected so many people, inspired so many millions. It’s a loss. But at the same time, what a celebration of life.”

Jim Parsons, who plays Paul Stafford, said receiving the news of Glenn’s death while promoting such a movie was a “slap in the face.”

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“I would’ve been saddened and surprised no matter when the news came out,” Parsons told PEOPLE at the event. “But it’s a little ironic for him to pass away just within days of us doing all this stuff for this movie that’s introducing three new faces of the space movement that we’ve never known of before.”

He continued: “The beauty of it is that man, John Glenn, that man who just passed away, has, for our lifetime, been such the face — or at least a face — of NASA and the space movement. He was such an integral part of bringing someone like Katherine Johnson into the room.”

The movie is based on the novel of the same name by author Margot Lee Shetterly. The screenplay was co-written by Allison Schroeder and director Theodore Melfi.

Hidden Figures hits theaters Dec. 25.


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National Jewelry Institute Partners With Parsons

The National Jewelry Institute is going back to school.
Following its gala dinner at the Louvre in July, the institute will kick off its next banner initiative on Monday: a week of jewelry-centric courses held at The New School’s Parsons School of Design. The five-day program will be broken down each day into morning and afternoon sessions. Morning sessions will be held at a private club on Park Avenue and cover the topics of high jewelry and watches, presented by Yvonne Markowitz, curator of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Pascal Ravessoud, director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, respectively. Afternoons will be focused on off-site visits, such as the vault of the Museum of the City of New York, Vacheron Constantin, Christian Dior, and the home of jewelry collector Susan Gutfreund. Lunches will include special guests each day, including Henri Barguirdjian, president of Graff Diamonds, Daniel Paltridge, president of Bulgari Corporation of America, and Thomas Bouillonnec, president of Piaget.
The program kicks off on Sunday evening with a cocktail party held at NJI president Judith Price’s home, and will wrap up on Friday evening with a graduation ceremony at Parsons hosted by Dean Joel Towers, where all participants will

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10 Fun Icebreakers With The Originals’ Nathan Parsons (FYI: He’s Single, Ladies!)

By all appearances, Nathan Parsons looks like the typical laid-back California guy. But spend an hour with the ruggedly handsome actor from The Originals and you'll learn that while the laid-back part is true, as…

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Parsons Names Burak Cakmuk Dean of Fashion

NEW YORK — When the incoming dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design, Burak Cakmak, officially starts at the downtown campus in August, he will be all about sustainable design.
In his previous role as vice president of corporate responsibility for the Swarovski Group in London, Cakmak traveled extensively to establish global environmentally minded programs and forge strong research partnerships with retailers and luxury brands. Connecting with suppliers, stores, non-governmental organizations, governments and media, Cakmak put in place best-practice industry standards across all business functions including raw material sourcing and supply chain management. His experience in the area included a run as general manager of Made-By Benelux in the Netherlands where he worked with H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Acne, Primark and other brands. Before that, he was Kering’s first director of corporate sustainability. Cakmak started his career as senior manager of social responsibility at Gap Inc., a post he held for eight years.
Cakmak succeeds Simon Collins, who relinquished his deanship last summer, but remains as the school’s creative adviser and board of governors member. Following an international search that culled “several hundred candidates,” five external ones and one internal candidate made formal presentations before Cakmak was

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Watch Jimmy Fallon, Miles Teller, Jim Parsons, and Wiz Khalifa Play Catchphrase on The Tonight Show

The stars all stopped by ‘The Tonight Show’ on Monday and played a game of Catchphrase with host Jimmy Fallon during their respective visits.
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