Simon Collins stepped down as dean of the Fashion School at Parson’s New School for Design at the end of the Autumn semester in 2014, after six years "to focus on my rapidly expanding professional practice," he announced in a formal memo.
Following his appointment to the role in April 2008, Collins oversaw the operations of the influential BFA degree program in Fashion Design, as well as the Associate AAS degree programs in Fashion Studies and Marketing and the MFA in Fashion Design and Society.
Collins introduced a number of initiatives to the school, including collaborative design competitions with Louis Vuitton and Kering and internship opportunities. He also secured a showcase at New York Fashion Week for the annual MFA collections garnering significant industry interest in both the candidates and the school at large.
An experienced fashion veteran, Collins' 20 year career within the industry has seen him work at brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren , Zegna and Marks & Spencer. As creative director of Nike’s Asia-Pacific region, Collins played a pivotal role in launching collaborations with Comme des Garcons and Issey Miyake.
A graduate of fashion from the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design and Epsom School of Art and Design, Collins has advised several influential start-ups such as Byronesque and Fashion GPS. He was a judge for the Lexus Eco Challenge Award with the CFDA, the Concept Korea Award and the Samsung Designer Fund.