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Parsons School of Design incorporates OptiTex software into Fashion Design curriculum

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High-tech tools are now more accessible for the future of fashion design.

New York - OptiTex USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement to introduce the OptiTex suite of software into Parsons School of Design’s renowned BFA Fashion Design program in New York City. The software, which focuses primarily on the latest 3-D Runway application, is to be introduced in the Studio Methods courses from sophomore to senior level.

“The OptiTex suite of software realizes designer creativity through technology. With this new technology, the students can actually drape and verify their designs on a 3-D mannequin with a degree of accuracy that was never before possible,” said Yoram Burg, President of OptiTex USA, Inc. “It will provide Parsons’ students with a completely new way to design, construct and create styles.”

OptiTex’s 3-D Runway is part of the company’s version 9 pattern design software. A first of its kind, the software allows accurate fit on any body size or posture and simulates all design aspects of the garment construction, allowing Parsons’ students to develop patterns, choose fabrics and visualize their designs before they produce a physical sample.

“This is a remarkable tool for our students,” said Timothy Gunn, Chair of Fashion Design, “Not only does it provide them with an invaluable resource, but it gives them a clear advantage as young designers entering the professional world.”

“The OptiTex application is also a great instrument for teaching,” adds Maura Jurgrau, Assistant Chair of Fashion Design. “Now our faculty can give dynamic digital presentations to their students on the spot, demystifying complex techniques and procedures.”

About Parsons School of Design Parsons School of Design, a division of New School University, is one of the largest degree-granting colleges of art and design in the nation. Currently enrolled are about 2,400 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students, and 2,500 non-degree students from all 50 of the United States and from 60 countries. Parsons’ main campuses are located in New York City’s Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan. In addition, Parsons has affiliate schools in Paris, France; Kanazawa, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and at Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic. Undergraduate degrees are offered in Architectural Design, Communication Design, Design and Management, Design and Technology, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design. Graduate degrees are granted in Architecture, Design and Technology, Lighting Design, Painting and Sculpture, Photography, and the History of Decorative Arts. For further information on Parsons, call 212-229-8910 or visit the Web site at www.parsons.edu.

About OptiTex Founded in 1987, OptiTex specializes in the development of innovative easy-to-operate CAD/CAM solutions for sewn products and other related industries. Our native Microsoft Windows based software packages for digitizing, pattern engineering, grading, marking, advanced automatic nesting, made to measure and draping, are specifically designed to meet the needs of today's manufacturers of industrial fabrics, apparel, upholstery, transportation, composites, home furnishings, and other sewn products. OptiTex' open architecture system comes amply equipped with a multitude of import/export formats, enabling OptiTex users to interface with a wide range of software and hardware. OptiTex also offers the convenient option of purchasing a completely integrated CAD package, including OptiTex software solutions, digitizer, and pen or ink jet plotter. Available in more then 15 languages, OptiTex products are sold and supported around the world through certified distributors and OEMs. For more information, visit www.OptiTex.com.

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