Fashion 101: Pratt Helps NYC Lead the Way

Institute part of a surge in design school enrollment.

As Heidi Klum would say, is definitely "in."

Pratt, with its main campus in Clinton Hill and a satellite location in Manhattan, is part of a NYC design school troika responsible for an enrollment spike of 34 percent from 2001 to 2010, according to a Daily News report on Monday.

The other two top city schools are the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design—which together with Pratt train up to 30 percent of all U.S. fashion designers.

However, according to the Center for the Urban Future, things are not all rosy at the city's design academies.

Though the center found 20 percent of all graduates of Parsons and Pratt went on to start new businesses, it said that there still wasn't enough business training for the Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs of tomorrow.

Speaking of fashion entrepreneurs, as The Local reported a few weeks back, Fort Greene is now home to Project Runway alum Gretchen Jones, who is taking her inspiration from the neighborhood as she continues to grow her own clothing line.

"I love walking around seeing what women are actually wearing—from the Pratt kids to the brownstone couples," Jones told The Local.


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