Thursday, May 9, 2013

Parsons School's New Clothes for Orchestras: More of the Same?

Last weekend, students at the Parsons School of Design unveiled the alternative orchestral attire they've been working on since the start of the school year as part of a project funded by Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony.

Judging by the photos, most of the designs were surprisingly traditional: most of them maintained the black-on-black color scheme for women, and the men are still in tuxes, still looking like waiters. Some students showed an interest in electronic technology, such as motion sensors in clothes to trigger projections, but that doesn't really do much to change how the musicians look on stage.

In addition to an article on WQXR's website, you can read about it on