Meet Ammar Belal, Parsons Faculty & MFA Fashion Design and Society '14
"I was the first brown person, raised in South Asia, to graduate from the Parsons MFA Fashion Design in 2014, and have been a faculty member in both the BFA Fashion and BBA D&M programs consistently. My speech as the graduation speaker included a promise to create this precious opportunity for those with a lot less privilege than me. ONE432 was my Parsons MFA thesis that upheld an unprecedented standard of financial transparency and social impact within the Fashion industry, down to every transaction. Over 6 years, we grew completely organically funded by the classes I taught at Parsons and without any outside investment. Last year was a huge year for us as we tried to survive COVID by teaching our shoemaking artisans to sew handmade sweatshirts and hoodies. Within one year we have funded the education of 3000 kids in Pakistan, trained 20 artisans, and are loved by a socially driven NYC community."