Meet the Ghanaian fashion designer who is the new director at Parsons

Abrima Erwiah has become the new director of Parsons. News broke out early last week that the Ghanaian entrepreneur who co-founded Studio 189 had been appointed director of the Parsons School of Design’s newly formed Joseph and Gail Gromek Institute of Fashion Business.


As co-founder of Studio 189, a brand she co-founded with Hollywood actress Rosario Dawson, Erwiah produces Avante-Garde and Afrocentric environmentally sustainable apparel.

Erwiah’s resume includes working with brands such as Bottega Veneta, John Lobb and Hermes.

Not new to leadership or teaching positions, Erwiah teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses on fashion design.

Role at Parsons

The institute was created by means of an 8.5-million-dollar endowment from Joseph Gromek. The ex-president and CEO of Warnaco Group and his wife Gail Gromek are the institute’s patrons. Their generous endowment makes it the largest gift of Parsons in the institution’s 123-year history.

Abrima Erwiah aims to push diversity and equality into her new role at Parsons. Bridging the gap in minority creatives getting their work recognized on the world’s runway.

Congratulations, Abrima Erwiah. Continue to hem and trailblaze as the genius that you are.


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