Simon Collins is stepping down as dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons the New School for Design, a decision that caught many in the fashion industry by surprise.
Making the announcement to friends and colleagues by e-mail, Collins spoke fondly of his six year run as dean. During an interview Monday night, Collins said he plans to leave the post at the years end to focus on roles that will include advising companies, institutions and governments about design.
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“I feel as though we have achieved a huge amount of growth at Parsons and you can only maintain that level of growth for so long. It has to level out a bit. I think I am more of a growth person than a leveling-out one,” Collins said. “I love the school massively and I will always be indebted to it. I shall always support it any way that I can.”
The New School has initiated an international search for a new dean who will succeed Collins next year
Before joining Parsons, Collins worked as a designer and creative director for such companies as Ermenegildo Zegna, Marks & Spencer, Polo Ralph Lauren and Nike.
He describes his time at Parsons, where he played a vital role in moving to a 375,000-sqquare-foot space, as the most rewarding and enjoyable” of his professional life.
Collins recently returned from China, where he wrapped up filming the fifth season of his TV show “Creative Sky.” A documentary about Collin’s life will also air in October.