Olga Alexander / jewelry designer/ painter and installation artist, is the CEO and founder of the Nodes Collection, a collection of sculptural necklaces that are individually hand crafted to appeal to women who are interested in popular culture and art and like their jewelry to make a statement. Olga Alexander is also a mixed media painter and installation artist whose current practice explores hybrid environments of the future.
Ms. Alexander is inspired by various alternative or transgressive fashion trends/designs and their power to question the fluidity of gender and identity in an ever increasing fragmented environment. French bustier history and corsets are an influence of hers, as are technological advances into wearable tech. She often uses these ideas as references in my work to explore issues of the power of garments in an environment in which identity is fluid.
Rachael Barron-Duncan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Central Michigan University. She teaches modern and contemporary art history and her scholarship focuses on fashion history and how avant-garde artists made use of the burgeoning world of mass media in the early twentieth century. She earned her doctoral degree from Yale University in 2015.
Dr. Baxter is an Associate Professor and Chair of LIM College’s Marketing, Management, & Finance Department. Her research has covered a range of diverse topics including consumer brand attachment, the impact of HIV/AIDS on international business, distance education, and diversity in marketing to niche populations. Her current research interests include three focus areas: a retrospective look at fashion marketing, engagement of distance learners in a multimedia world, and global business education. Prior to coming to LIM College, Dr. Baxter held faculty positions at SUNY Farmingdale and Bethune-Cookman University.
April Calahan is a Fashion Historian, Writer and Art Appraiser living and working in New York City. As a Special Collections Associate at the Fashion Institute of Technology, April serves as the Curator of Manuscript Collections and Designer Archives. She holds an undergraduate degree in the History of Art, a Master's degree in Fashion and Textile Studies: Theory, History and Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as a Professional Certificate in Appraisal Studies: Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University.Prior to her graduate studies, April enjoyed a decade-long year career in contemporary art foundations and galleries. She has lectured on the history of fashion at Yale University, the Costume Society of America’s National Symposiums, and is a repeat guest on the popular podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class. She is the author of two books, Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style, published by Yale University Press (2015) and Fashion and the Art of Pochoir, published by Thames & Hudson (2015).
Muriel Berthou Crestey
Doctor in Aesthetics, Muriel Berthou Crestey defended a multidisciplinary Ph.D. thesis on “the Unseen as a way to reveal photography,” involving history, philosophy and sociology of representations. Her research focused on the links between art, cultural heritage and fashion photography. Subsequently she has contributed to several research programs in literature and sciences of art at the National Center of Scientific Research (Paris) before she joined the National Library of France as a Research Fellow (Roederer fellowship). She developed a methodology of the still image from many collections within the framework of academic institutions such as the Research Interest Group ACORSO. Her curatorial experiences at the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux, the Pompidou Centre and Paris Photo focused on the History of Modern and contemporary art. As an art critic and author, she collaborated on the Dictionary of photography (Thames & Hudson), the Allgemeines Kunstlerlexikon (de Gruyter) and the Dictionary Roland Barthes (Honoré Champion). In 2012, she was awarded the Theoretician research fellowship of the National Centre of plastic arts, Paris. She focuses her attention on monographic approaches (for instance with the “Roland Barthes” team) and thematic projects, by thinking about the representation of cultural identities and their migration in media images.
Lana joined the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Library in 2008, and oversees the Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services unit, supervising all aspects of public and technical services for electronic resources, print serials, and fashion and trend forecast collections. Lana is the library liaison to the following departments at FIT: Communication Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Photography, and Sustainable Interiors and Environments. She is currently a member of the Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate, the Student Faculty Corporation Board of Directors, and is Chair of the Library Tenure & Promotion Committee. Lana holds an MLIS from Rutgers University and a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to FIT, she has worked as a librarian at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and at the City University of New York. Lana is currently working toward an M.A. in FIT's Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program.
Dudley Blossom, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at Keene State College. For more than twenty five years, Dr. Blossom’s career has been focused on educational and entrepreneurial interests. He has a passion for launching new initiatives and working with start-up, small and medium-sized organizations seeking new opportunities and ways to capitalize on them. His expertise spans across a wide variety of sectors, including beer & beverage, health and beauty, confection and consumer packaged goods, consumer technology, and not-for-profit strategy. Prior to coming to Keene State, Dr. Blossom held faculty and administrative positions at LIM College, where he served as Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Chair of the Faculty Council. Dr. Blossom holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship & Marketing from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. in Fine Arts from Trinity College.
First full-time employment was as a Scientist with Con-Edison’s Chemical and Environmental Lab, N.Y. In 2000, she returned to school, working in various fashion-marketing gigs, including Revlon’s Product Development & Marketing and New York Model Management. In 2003, she graduated from FIT, summa cum laude. Shortly after, she obtained her M.B.A. In January 2006, Carol started doctoral study in Retail Merchandising at Florida State University teaching courses such as Textiles and Textiles & Apparel in the Global Economy. As a research assistant, she also worked on mass customization, acculturation and assimilation, and consumer behavior. She left campus ABD to work as a full-time Instructor at the College of Mt. St. Vincent.
To date, she has taught courses in Textile Sciences, Global Fashion Economics, International Business, Marketing, International Marketing, Services Marketing, Fashion Merchandise, Retail Buying, Merchandise Planning & Control, and Entrepreneurship. Carol is also engaged in higher education consulting and completing her Ph.D. In 2017, she will be presenting a paper in San Diego on the future of fashion vis-à-vis smart textiles and wearable technology.
Carol’s other passions include reading, writing, traveling, finding spaces for whole, organic foods (e.g. Whole Food Market, and the Food Network), and discovering decorating trends for small spaces (e.g. HGTV, JonathanAdler.com, and ApartmentTherapy.com). She currently lives in New York City.
Roberta Brody is a Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College, of the City University of New York; where she teaches courses in competitive intelligence, and in secondary research in business as well as in the humanities. She collects artists’ books and paper ephemera and studies them. As part of that study, she is currently researching the nature and characteristics of artists’ book collections in museums and libraries in New York City.
Kat Buckley lives in Chicago and studies the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is earning her Master of Arts in Modern & Contemporary Art History while working as a Curatorial Intern at the Art Institute of Chicago. She also works a Special Collections Assistant in the Joan Flasch Artist's Books Library. She is interested in artistic theory and criticism and writes often on diverse topics such as modern and contemporary art, contemporary collecting practices, and is particularly well-versed in female collectors at the turn of the 20th Century. Her research has been presented at international conferences from Montréal to New York City, and at museums and research institutions alike. Kat comes to Chicago from Philadelphia, where she worked for several years at the Barnes Foundation. Prior to that, she lived in Baltimore, Maryland and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History with Concentrations in Book Arts and Curatorial Studies. Currently, Kat is studying Emilie Flöge's role in the Secessionist Art Movement.
The research at the institute FATM (Fashion and Textile Management Institute) is especially focused on the business side of the fashion industry. It was established in 1941, which makes it the oldest institute on university level in Germany. Today, Professor Dr. Gerhard Schewe serves as the director of the institute. Dr. Ansgar Buschmann is linked as a researcher on the post-doc level. Both have published widely in Academia and popular literature. They also present their research on international conferences.
Shirley Calla is a faculty member with the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Wilson School of Design, where she collaborates in the creation and delivery of curricula on topics such as apparel product development, fashion design, forecasting, and dress history. She has an extensive career in the fashion industry, working in design and merchandising roles for Kellwood apparel brands. She recently completed her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction emphasizing Creativity, Collaboration and Critical Thinking Inquiry.
Nora Ellen Carleson is a graduate of the Smithsonian/George Mason History of Decorative Arts master’s program where she focused on Material Culture and Costume studies completing her thesis: Harry Collins and the American Art of Dress 1884-1980 in 2014. After graduate school she worked for The Smithsonian Institution as well as Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens. Currently, Nora is an Independent Scholar and Decorative Arts Specialist at Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Virginia. She is currently working on a series of articles on American fashion in the early 20th century and looks forward to continuing her studies in Material Culture and Fashion Studies.
Dr. May Chae is an Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies in the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University. Prior to Montclair State University, she has taught University of Idaho and Marymount University. Her research interests are functional design for sportswear and protective gear, product development, and fashion technology. She has researched on special target markets such as mature females, juniors, female football fans, and moms and daughters. Cotton Incorporated has sponsored her studies on prototype development of mature female golf wear, tennis wear, and junior golf wear. Her research has been presented to international and national conferences as well as published in international journals. Her creative design has been exhibited in international and national juried exhibitions. She received her B.S. in Apparel Design and Technology at Florida State University; M.S. in Apparel Product Development at Florida State University as well; and her Ph.D. in Clothing and Textiles with emphasis on functional design at Virginia Tech.
Chanjuan Chen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University. She has a B.Eng. in Fashion Design from the Xiamen University of Technology and a M.F.A. in Fashion Design, from the University of North Texas. In addition to teaching, she also has industry experience working as a fashion designer and technical designer in both China and the United States. Chen’s research focuses on developing new and innovative ways to infuse concepts of fashion sustainability into her culturally inspired designs. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) and the Costume Society of America.
Douagee Cheng is a Researcher and a Design Intern at the FT Lab. She has an interest in working with the community, resulting to her focus in designing high couture garments that will influence others.
Derek Cockle is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Fashion Merchandising Department at LIM College. Prior to becoming a faculty member at LIM College, he spent over 30 years in the fashion business, both as a Designer of Textiles and Menswear and then branching out into product development. He worked for Bill Blass, Pierre Cardin, Burberrys and Gianfranco Ruffini. Travel was a constant and among the countries he worked in were Hong Kong, South Korea, India, Pakistan, China, South Africa, Mauritius, Japan, Italy and the U.K. He teaches diverse subjects at LIM College, including Menswear, Textiles, Product Development, Accessories, Introduction to the Fashion Business, and Senior Capstone. Derek was the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award at LIM College and a Kakehashi Scholarship from the government of Japan in 2013. He was Cotton Incorporated Menswear textiles designer of the year in 1996 and 1998. He holds an M.A. in Textiles and Fashion from the Royal College of Art in London, from which he graduated in 1974.
Denise Dale is the School of Design Liaison Librarian and Archivist at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is an author of books on home and office filing organization systems and has been collaborating on projects involving access to physical and digital collections, including historical garment collections.
Brian Davis is the founder and owner of Wooden Sleepers, a vintage men’s wear store in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Wooden Sleepers offers a carefully edited collection of classic American styles–select military, outdoor, workwear, and traditional “Ivy” style clothing, along with vintage accessories, locally made leather goods, and a selection of relevant antique objects for the home. Brian started buying vintage men’s wear in junior high at church thrift stores on the east end of Long Island, where he grew up. In 2010, Brian started Wooden Sleepers as an online vintage men’s wear store based out of his one-bedroom apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. During this time, Wooden Sleepers participated in various NYC markets, including Pop Up Flea and Capsule, and partnered with select retailers like Steven Alan and Goose Barnacle. In 2013, Brian moved Wooden Sleepers into a showroom/studio space in Greenpoint. Having a larger space enabled Brian to grow Wooden Sleepers’ inventory and better serve its customers online and through private shopping appointments. In November of 2014, Brian opened the first Wooden Sleepers brick and mortar store in the Brooklyn neighborhood, Red Hook. The store design is inspired by Brian’s childhood on the North Fork. Soon after, GQ named Wooden Sleepers, “The Best New Vintage Store in NYC”. New York Magazine named Wooden Sleepers among their, “Best of New York”. The New York Times referred to Wooden Sleepers as, “An Oasis of Chill.” Selectism said of Wooden Sleepers, “Perfectly Edited Vintage”. Today, Wooden Sleepers aspires to be good neighbors and serve the community of Red Hook, provide a friendly and welcoming environment for people to discover and learn about vintage men’s wear, and satisfy vintage connoisseurs both local and international. Clients include Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, Michael Bastian, Gant, Isaia, Coach, Champion/Hanes, as well as various costume designers and prop stylists for film, t.v., and print/online editorial.
John Deming is the Director of the Writing Center at LIM College, where he has taught for eight years. He is a founding editor and current Editor in Chief of Coldfront, a poetry, music and culture magazine. He has published essays, poems, and reviews in a wide variety of venues, including Salon, Boston Review, and New Orleans Review. In the fall of 2014, he helped a team of students create and publish LIM College’s student fashion magazine, The Lexington Line, a fashion, culture and arts publication released once per semester. He has lived in New York City for ten years and taught writing and literature at a variety of institutions, including LIM College, Baruch College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Julia DiNardo, a Pittsburgh native and long-time New York City resident, is a graduate of New York University (undergraduate) and Columbia University (graduate), where she was able to explore a global understanding and put in place an ongoing analysis of fashion and its role in society and the individual. Through teaching, she has brought a variety of interdisplinary texts to her students’ attention that cross-pollinate humanities, social science, marketing, consumer behavior, and current fashion news to further explore the significance of fashion in our daily lives and its historical context. Outside of teaching, DiNardo has covered New York, LA, and Tokyo Fashion Weeks for the past 11 years while penning articles pertaining to fashion, beauty, fitness, art, and travel for publications including Clear, Primo, Redbook, and GQ magazines, AM New York, BagSnob.com, AOL StyleList.com, The Today Show, RunningwithHeels.com, StyleCaster.com, Makeup.com, Independent Fashion Bloggers, and Stylenotes.com. Ms. DiNardo has appeared on New York’s WPIX 11 News as a fashion and beauty expert, had her own web series, “Street Peek” on StyleCoalition.TV, and has been recognized for her editorial work in fashion and beauty by The New York Times, Fast Company, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among others.
Doris Domoszlai-Lantner received her M.A. in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, from the Fashion Institute of Technology. During her time at FIT, she interned in the archives of the luxury jewelry house, David Webb, and provided vital research for the Oscar de la Renta retrospective exhibition at the deYoung Museum. Her Master’s thesis is on Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1986 Russian Constructivist collection. Domoszlai-Lantner recently presented her paper, “Issues of Identity: The Dress of the Csángó Minority in Romania” at the Costume Society of America’s Symposium, where she was the Adele Filene Student Presenter Grand recipient. Domoszlai-Lantner also holds a B.A. in History and Eastern European Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Janice Everett is a Brooklyn-based Artist and Textile Designer. Trained in art and design at British art schools, and holding a master’s degree in textiles & fashion from the Royal College of Art in London, she arrived in New York City when SoHo was an underground art scene. While pursuing a career in the commercial fashion business she continued to develop a body of personal artwork using photography, drawing, weaving, embroidery and fabric construction. In industry she has worked as a print artist and stylist, design director, trend consultant and as a technical knitwear expert. As a designer and fashion merchandiser, she has used her knowledge of textiles to create a large collection of antique and vintage fabrics and garments with agents in NYC and London. Her artwork has been featured in various Brooklyn galleries over the last few years and she is a member of the Gowanus Open Studio organization. As an educator she has lectured and taught in UK and India. Since 2008 she has worked as an Adjunct Professor in LIM College’s Fashion Merchandising Department.
Cristina Favretto joined the faculty of the University of Miami libraries in 2008 as the Head of Special Collections, where she curates collections documenting the history of Miami and South Florida, the Caribbean and South America, countercultural movements, artists’ books, architecture and art, and fashion. Before joining the Special Collections Department, Cristina has held a variety of posts throughout the country, including Head of Special Collections at San Diego State University, Curator of Rare Books at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Library, and Director of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University. She has also worked at the Boston Public Library, Harvard University Libraries, and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her MLS and C.A.S. (Certificate of Advanced Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. in English Literature and Art History at the State University of New York at Albany. Cristina spent her formative years in Trieste, Italy, and received her Baccalaureate from the Liceo Giosue`Carducci in that city. She also has had a shadow life as a performance artist and lead singer in a post-punk cabaret band.
Philip Fimmano is a contemporary fashion and lifestyle specialist, contributing to Trend Union’s books, Bloom magazine and strategic studies for various international brands. He works in industries as varied as textiles, interiors, food, craft, luxury, travel and retail. He is also the Director of the New York-based creative studio Edelkoort Inc., providing concept, color and strategic consulting to companies in North and South America.
In 2011, Fimmano co-founded Talking Textiles, an ongoing initiative to promote awareness and innovation in textiles through touring exhibitions and educational programs. He is also a curator of exhibitions for international museums, and has spoken about art and design at institutions such as Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, Nordiska museet in Stockholm, Royal College of Art in London and five N.I.F.T. campuses across India. He is currently an adjunct professor at Polimoda in Florence.
Michael Fisher is the Creative Director for menswear and lifestyle forecasting at New York-based Fashion Snoops where he predicts and analyzes trends for a vast array of clients and industries from all around the world. He also helps manage content for the agency's youth, kids, active, grooming, and denim markets. Prior to joining the Fashion Snoops team in 2012, he was a senior editor and trend forecaster at Stylesight (WGSN) for four years. Before deciding upon the world of trend forecasting in 2008, Michael held positions on the retail side of the industry as a Fashion Director for menswear at Bloomingdale's, Buyer for men's designer collections at Barneys New York, and started his career in marketing and advertising at Ralph Lauren. Michael is also a long-distance adjunct professor for trend forecasting for both his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as Tennessee Tech University, and has been a member of VCU's New York-based Advisory Board for their Department of Fashion for over ten years. He received his B.A. in Fashion Merchandising from VCU in 2002.
Kimberly Guthrie is an established and well-respected fashion educator with over 20 years of higher education teaching experience at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising in the School of the Arts. Research focuses on sustainability in the fashion industry and on developing and restructuring courses that prepare the next generation of fashion designers to develop apparel utilizing sustainable design approaches and strategies. Her research has provided her with many opportunities to present at national and international conferences and symposia. Professor Guthrie’s teaching areas include draping, patternmaking, construction, tailoring, collection development, product development, computers for fashion, technical design, trend forecasting, fashion show production, and sustainable strategies for fashion design. She is also the Founder and Study Abroad Director of the VCU Fashion in Florence program and the Fashion Departmental Liaison to the VCU Qatar Department of Fashion.
Amanda Hallay is a full-time professor at LIM College, teaching courses that explore the relationship between fashion and the culture that wears it. Her courses include Cultural Connections to Fashion, Who Wore What When, Fashion History and Global Attire, and POP CENTURY: Music in the Postwar Era. She is also a published author, her books a culmination of the “cultural connections” that are close to her heart. She sees herself as the Indiana Jones of fashion history and is always setting off on another adventure into the deep, dark, and distant past to figure out why people wore what they did.
Tabitha joined the FIT Library in 1993 in the Access Services Unit. She now oversees human resources, facility issues, operating budgets and policy compliance for the Library. Tabitha also manages the administrative support for the Library Directors. She holds an MLIS from the Pratt Institute and a B.S. from FIT. Tabitha is a 2016 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Classified Service. When not at FIT, Tabitha oversees human resources, facility issues, operating budgets and policy compliance for three busy little girls, a husband, a dog and four fish. She serves on the executive board of the Kings Highway PTA, chairs the Artsmart committee and is active in fundraising for Earthplace Nature Discovery Center. This year, she and her husband are named honorary chairs of the annual Earthplace Festival. If she ever found any spare time, Tabitha would devote time to being a better gardener, cook more and maybe even read a book.
Celia Hartmann is Senior Associate for Archival Processing in the Museum Archives at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, where she leads a 2-year project to process the business and personal records of couturier Charles James, who was the subject of the Costume Institute’s 2014 gala and spring exhibition. Celia holds an MLS and certificate in archives and records management from the Palmer School of Long Island University, with a specialization in rare books and special collections. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she led a 27-month project to process 14 collections of institutional records and the departmental records of the Costume Institute that was completed in 2015. Prior to that she undertook the grant-funded processing of archival collections at New-York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York, and Museum of Modern Art that included the records of businesses, collecting, and publishing organizations, as well as museum curators and programs.
Ashley Hasty received her Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management from Stephens College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Textile and Apparel Management from the University of Missouri. Her previous industry experience was in sales and management for both national retail chains and small businesses. In addition, Dr. Hasty researches historical wedding garments and innovative teaching strategies. Her research focuses on historic wedding apparel including WWII war brides and second/subsequent weddings in the 1970s and 1980s. Her teaching focuses on fostering creativity and collaboration through innovative uses of technology. Her courses include active learning techniques, cooperative learning, and service learning. These methods encourage the student to take a central role in their learning process, use their peers as resources, and provide opportunities to immediately apply course material to real-world scenarios.
Samantha Houck is a Master’s student in Archives and Public History at New York University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Historical Studies from Moravian College. Prior to pursuing her masters, Samantha taught elementary school for a few years. Last year, Samantha completed two internships. During the fall 2015 semester, she interned at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Special Collections and College Archives and quickly realized her true passion for fashion history and her desire to preserve and share historic knowledge. Samantha has also completed a 9-month internship at Cartier’s New York Archives. This past summer, she participated in the graduate student poster session at the CoSA/SAA 2016 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Samantha is looking forward to participating on a discussion panel at the upcoming spring MARAC conference in Newark. Her research interests include: evolution of women’s wear, local New York City history as well as fashion brand and designer histories, just to name a few.
Gwendolyn Hustvedt is an Associate Professor of Textiles and the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences (SFCS) at Texas State University. She is a Textile Artist who specializes in product development for the wool supply chain. Hustvedt produces knitted and felted wool pieces as well as hand painted and digital textile designs.
Maranda Janky is a junior Marketing major at LIM College with a concentration in Fashion Publishing. She is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the college’s student magazine, The Lexington Line, and also works as an Editorial Assistant for Surface magazine. She has also contributed writing to Watch Journal and served as Managing Editor for the 2016 LIM Student Edition of The Daily Front Row.
Patti Jordan is an interdisciplinary artist working within the realms of visual, literary and media culture. Companies she has worked for include ABC TV, CNBC TV, Lifetime Television, Sat.1 Sport & News (Germany) and Fox News Channel. At Sat. 1 and Fox News she was instrumental in the overall concept design and visual identity for their respective on-air launches. She’s currently a full-time Lecturer in the Visual Merchandising Department at LIM College, where she teaches Visual Branding, and courses in 2D and 3D Digital and Studio Design. Jordan has shown in over fifty art exhibitions worldwide. Her solo exhibition Visceral Palimpsests was held at LaGuardia Galleries in Long Island City, NY in January 2015. Recent works have been exhibited in NYC galleries such as Leigh Wen Fine Art, Ceres Gallery, and The Phatory, and selected for The Drawing Center’s curated registry The Viewing Program (NYC). She was interviewed by Sable Smith for NoTofu Magazine’s Spring 2014 issue and by Dania Shihab in 2013 for the artist interview site One Day You Will Find Me. She received an Honorarium in 2009 for works included in Lineweight, a contemporary drawing exhibition at Truman State University (Kirksville, MO) and is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Award. Jordan lectures on art and her writings have appeared in online publications for the Women’s Caucus for Art and ARTCAT Zine. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors from Pratt Institute and a Master of Fine Arts Summa Cum Laude from Montclair State University.
Rebecca Jumper Matheson is a Fashion Historian. A former Research Assistant at The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Matheson is an Adjunct Instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is the author of Young Originals: Emily Wilkens and the Teen Sophisticate (Texas Tech University Press, 2015) and The Sunbonnet: An American Icon in Texas (TTUP, 2009). Other publications include “‘A House that is ‘Made of Hats’: The Lilly Daché Building 1937–1968,” in The Places and Spaces of Fashion: 1800–2006, edited by John Potvin (Routledge, 2008), and “Emily Wilkens: Connecticut-born Designer for All-American Teens” in Dressing New England: Clothing, Fashion, and Identity, Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Held in Deerfield, Massachusetts, June 18–20, 2010, edited by Peter Benes (Historic Deerfield, 2014).
Kenneth Kambara received a Ph.D. in Management from the Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine. He is currently an Associate Professor at LIM and teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses. A Social Media and Marketing Research Consultant, Dr. Kambara’s research interests include brand management, entrepreneurship, economic sociology, and social media. His recent work has been published in Journal of Academic and Business Ethics and the Journal of Brand Management. He has presented numerous papers at the American Sociology Association in the area of communication, information technologies, and media sociology (CITASM) and economic sociology. He has a new stream of research with his colleague, Bob Conrad, examining Millennial consumer behavior and its fashion implications.
Currently. Dr. Kambara is the coordinator for the LIM College Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program in International Business and the forthcoming B.S. in Fashion Media. In his spare time, he writes screenplays, does some woodworking, goes on road trips in the desert Southwest, and checks his Instagram—constantly.
John Keane is a Marketing Professional with over thirty years of experience at major media companies such as Time Inc., Conde´Nast, Bloomberg LP and the Bauer Media Group. He served as the Marketing Director for GQ magazine, as well as in the Conde Nast Media Group for titles such as Vogue, Glamour and W magazines. Professor Keane has taught courses in Fashion Retail Branding and Promotion at the graduate level at LIM College, and Fashion Marketing at the Parson's School of Design/The New School.
Gordon Kendall has served on the adjunct Fashion Merchandising faculties at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), San Marcos, Texas, El Centro College, Dallas, Texas, and LIM College. He is the author of four textbooks. His fashion-related titles include: Fashion Brand Merchandising (Fairchild Books, 2009) and The Fashion Game (Pearson Educational, 2015). He is a member of International Textiles and Apparel Association, the New York chapter of Fashion Group International as well as the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT and Nashville (Tennessee) Fashion Alliance. He presented “Can’t Get No Respect: The Unappreciated Fashion Textbook and Its Future” at LIM College’s 2015 Fashion: Now & Then Conference.
Andrea Kennedy is the owner of Fashiondex Inc. - Apparel Industry Publishers. She researched, wrote and published The Apparel Industry Sourcebook, The Design and Production Handbook/A Technical Reference, The Apparel Contracting Sourcebook, The Design Detail Books, The Fashion Designer’s Sustainable Sourcebook among others. She has also edited many industry professionals’ work, including The Vendor Compliance Handbook by David Secul and the Strategic Sourcing Books by David Birnbaum. An industry consultant and designer with over 30 years of experience, Andrea has designed for Ann Taylor, Limited, Bendels, Jack and Jill of America, Bob Mackie, Sunny Leigh, Pierre Cardin, Clavin Klein and more.
Grailing King is a full-time faculty member in LIM College’s Visual Merchandising Department. He has taught at LIM for 10 years. Prior to joining LIM, King had nearly 20 years of experience in fashion/visual merchandising. With a degree in Communications/PR, King was working in advertising in Illinois when he realized he could not do that for the rest of his life, so he quit his job relocated to Los Angeles. He got a degree in Design from FIDM and never looked back. While in LA, King worked in production for a sportswear brand (Active Ingredient) and then as a design director for a unisex line (Bolsa). He then relocated to New York City, where he began working in visual merchandising. He worked at Macy’s Herald Square for 11 years, Victoria’s Secret as a visual co director for three years, and then he went on to work at Bergdorf Goodman for three years. King’s teaching philosophy is to inspire his students to push themselves to give their all. “Talk is cheap, actions speak volumes” and “Don’t tell me what you can do, show me.” He gets his students involved in “hands-on” industry-related projects to better prepare them for the real world. These have included collaborations with the NY Festival of Lights, the NYC Stationery Show, the Dream Hotel, and Bergdorf Goodman.
Nicole Kirpalani, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Marketing, Management, & Finance Department at LIM College. Her research interests focus on consumer relationships with fashion brands, sustainable consumption, and luxury brands. In addition, she is engaged in research related to marketing pedagogy. She is the recipient of LIM College’s 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award and holds a Ph.D. in Business (Marketing) from the City University of New York.
Dr. Helen Koo is an Assistant Professor of Design and a director of Fashion Design and Technology lab (FT Lab) at the University of California, Davis. Her research and design interests include apparel design and product development, wearable technology, functional garments, and sustainable designs. She has conducted multidisciplinary funded research projects on developing functional clothing for sports, protective garments for extreme environments, clothing for special markets, and smart clothing with sensors for healthcare.
Myles Ethan Lascity
Myles Ethan Lascity is an assistant professor of communication at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. He recently received his PhD from Drexel University’s Communication, Culture & Media program and holds a master’s degree in visual culture and costume studies from New York University. His research interests include fashion branding and the use of brands as communication. He has presented his research at several national conferences and his research has been published in the journal Film, Fashion & Consumption, and in the edited volume, Global Fashion Brands: Style, Luxury and History.
Rebecca Markman has been Librarian for over 15 years. She started her library career as a Library Trainee at the New York Public Library—96th Street Branch. While working at NYPL, Rebecca attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, to earn her Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. After attaining her degree 2003, Rebecca relocated to Orange County, California and has been the Head Librarian at the Orange County Campus of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Working at FIDM, Rebecca is able to combine her love of fashion history, trends, and haute couture with her education in information science.
Caitlin McCarthy is Assistant for Archival Processing in the Museum Archives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she assists on a 2-year project to process the business and personal records of couturier Charles James, who was the subject of the Costume Institute’s 2014 gala and spring exhibition. Caitlin holds an MLIS and certificate in Archives and the Preservation of Cultural Heritage Material from Queens College, CUNY. She was previously a member of the grant funded project to catalog the American Historical Manuscript collection at the New-York Historical Society. She also worked at the New York Society Library, first as Bibliographic Assistant and then as Digital Projects Assistant; in the latter role she helped to launch a collections portal highlighting historic circulation records and other material from the membership library’s institutional archives.
Laura Coulter McCarthy is an accomplished Textile Artist and Couture Clothing Designer from Boston, MA.
After earning a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, she moved to California and spent several years living in the San Francisco Bay area, helping various designers and apparel companies to create everything from ready to wear sportswear separates to custom corsets and fetishwear.
Erin Moore is a Textile Designer and Lecturer in Design at the University of Georgia. She received an M.F.A. degree in Textile Design from RISD. Erin is currently researching data-driven design methodologies, and designing new courses on data analysis and design thinking.
Henry Navarro is a multidisciplinary Fashion Designer, Artist, and Educator focused on the convergence of fashion, visual culture, and social issues through both theory and practice-based research. Born and educated in Cuba, his artistic and academic career has taken him to North America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Currently based in Toronto, Canada, Navarro is known for his fashion-based public art projects exploring topics relevant to different communities through their direct participation. A member of the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Design at Ryerson University, he draws from his diverse artistic and academic background to inspire School of Fashion’s students.
Jennifer Nieling graduated with her Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, and Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2015. Her primary research interest is the idea of fashion as art and the relationships between the two. Her master's thesis Fashioning Art: Rodarte Design and Display 2005-2015 is the first major academic study of the fashion design duo, focusing on Kate and Laura Mulleavy's reputation as artists through their fashion designs and how they are displayed in print media, museums, and more. Jennifer has interned in several museum and archival collections, including the Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University, the Nantucket Historical Association, the Special Collections and Archives at FIT, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. She has mounted costumes for exhibition at the FHCC and the NHA. Jennifer is also a part-time French instructor and loves when her two areas of interest come together.
Mark O’Connell is a Professor of Fashion Studies at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. Prior to teaching, Mark worked as a designer both in-house at M.A.C Cosmetics and for his own clothing line: Modular Menswear. Mark is also concurrently pursuing a Ph.D. in Politics and Policy within the Communication and Culture faculty offered jointly at Ryerson and York University. His research explores the potential for social justice reforms in transnational fashion production and supply chains, from higher education and in public policy perspectives. In addition to his academic work Mark is also an artist and writer.
Linda Ohrn-McDaniel is a Professor in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University. She received her M.F.A. in Fashion Design from University of North Texas. Her creative work focuses on knit stitches, circles & hearts. Her work has shown successful and resulted in pieces shown in many juried exhibitions on the national and international level as well as solo exhibitions and awards.
Nancy Kaplan Ostroff is full-time faculty, Professor, & Assistant Chairperson of Fashion Institute of Technology’s Fashion Business Management program and recipient of the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching. She holds A.A.S. and B.S. degrees in Fashion Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology, a M.A. Degree in Business Education from New York University, and a SUNY Certificate in Instructional Design. She is the author and instructor of FIT’s traditional, online, and hybrid course in Fashion Forecasting for Merchandisers, and the co-author of the upcoming second edition of the Bloomsbury textbook: Fashion Forward.
Alisa Otto is an Instructor in the Fashion Design program at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She has worked in several different areas of the fashion industry, but currently enjoys working with students to develop the skills necessary to become successful fashion designers. In addition to teaching, Alisa volunteers in the Texas Fashion Collection, which is housed on the UNT campus. A self-described fashion history buff, Alisa assists with the preservation of fashion history by repairing garments; using her extensive construction knowledge and research to create accurate descriptions for the online database; and helping with ongoing projects whenever possible. Alisa resides in the Dallas area with her husband and 4-year-old daughter (who has recently learned how to sew, so she can make dresses like her mother).
Stefanie Ramirez is an Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising in the SFCS also at Texas State. Her creative scholarship specialties are in product development and innovation. Upon Ramirez joining the SFCS team in 2014, she and Hustvedt realized their love for textile design and innovation could fuel their mutual creative scholarship interests. This lead to the collaborative development of the SFCS Innovation studio as a Makerspace. This space is intended to create products and solutions for the near environment that marry the best of craftsmanship with new technologies. (PICTURED LEFT)
Tara Robinson was born and raised in Freeport, Bahamas. She received a B.A. in International Business from Rollins College and during her time at Rollins she became interested in pursuing a career in the fashion industry. Tara received her first exposure to the industry while interning at a modeling agency in Orlando, Florida. In 2013, she completed an M.B.A. with a concentration in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship at LIM College. During her time at LIM, she was actively involved in the Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) and other programs, including Fashion Campus NYC. After gaining a few years of retail experience, Tara accepted the position of Marketing Manager for a retail footwear consulting firm. In this role she plans the marketing and branding objectives for an international shoe retailer with more than 110 retail stores and an ecommerce platform. She manages all of the marketing, from in-store banners to billboards, digital media and social media. Tara aspires to excel as a top retail consultant for fashion and beauty companies expanding globally, especially in the Latin American and Caribbean markets. She believes it is crucial to impact the community that has given her so much. Tara gives back through fashion career exploration workshops, public speaking, and mentoring young men and women. She guides and inspires them on how to achieve success while following their passions and hopes her efforts will aid in career and economic diversification within the region while furthering the development of the fashion and retail industry in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Alexandra Sargent Capps holds a B.A. in Theatre from Middlebury College and earned her M.F.A. in stage design from Northwestern University. She has worked as a freelance costumer and designer for film and theatre companies including The Woody Allen Production Company, The New York Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theatre, The Jump Rhythm Jazz Dance Company, and Middlebury's summer theatre program at the Bread Loaf School of English. She has served on the faculty of Middlebury College, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, The International Academy of Design and Technology, and Vanderbilt University since 2001. At Vanderbilt Alex is the costume designer and costume shop manager for the Vanderbilt University Theatre Department and teaches Costume Design and The History of Fashion. She has especially enjoyed teaching The History of Fashion for Vanderbilt's Master of Liberal Arts and Science program, where she has encouraged adult learners to enhance their creative approach to many aspects of their lives. In all aspects of her work and teaching, Alex has always embraced the collaborative and creative process and enjoys endlessly trying to find new ways to use fabrics and elements of the history of fashion to create concept oriented design work suited to the dramatic text at hand. Collaborating with students, designers, and directors to find theatrical connections between fashion and art history, and exploring how costumes can be used in bold and meaningful ways for story telling in the theatre, has been an exciting and rewarding exploration.
Gerhard Schewe’s research at the institute FATM (Fashion and Textile Management Institute) is especially focused on the business side of the fashion industry. It was established in 1941, which makes it the oldest institute on university level in Germany. Today, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schewe serves as the director of the institute. Dr. Ansgar Buschmann is linked as a researcher on the post-doc level. Both have published widely in Academia and popular literature. They also present their research on international conferences.
Stacy J. Schiff is the Visual Resources Librarian in Special Collections at the American Museum of Natural History Research Library and is responsible for curating and managing metadata and online exhibits for the Museum Library’s Digital Special Collections, describing thousands of images in the natural sciences and ethnology. Ms. Schiff created a manual for working with descriptive metadata, adapting it to meet the needs of the Museum’s unique image collections. Ms. Schiff has authored several articles on library topics with an article on primary source use listed on the resource pages of the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Society of American Archivists. In addition to speaking on topics of digital cultural heritage, Ms. Schiff contributed an essay, Fashion in the Natural World, to Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library (Sterling) and was a contributing author to Digitization in the Real World (METRO). Prior to working at the Museum, she was on staff at the Mercantile Library’s Center for Fiction. Ms. Schiff holds an MLS from Queens College, City University of New York, an M.A. from Seton Hall University, and a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island.
Colleen Schindler-Lynch is an Assistant Professor in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She instructs Fashion Illustration (both Analogue and Digital) as well as Accessory and Textile Design. She studied fine art at the University of Windsor and then completed a Master of Fine Art at Louisiana State University. She lectures on current trends in illustration having been featured in Objects—Journal of Applies Arts in conjunction with Illustrative Illustration festivals in Paris and Berlin. She was a guest artist for Manolo Blahnik and Jo Malone at Holt Renfrew and has been published in Education Today Magazine and in Borealis Magazine.
Colleen is pursuing textile studies in Material Art and Design at OCAD University and at Central St Martin’s in London England.
Thomaï Serdari, Ph.D. is a Strategist in luxury marketing and branding. She helps clients launch, grow, and successfully manage luxury brands & creative businesses. She actively studies, values, and reports on companies or funds that operate and invest within the luxury goods market. She teaches “Luxury Marketing,” “Advanced Luxury Marketing,” and “Retail Strategy” at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University as well as “Advanced Research Seminar,” “Cultures of Excess,” and “The Art, Design, and Fashion Press: History and Practice,” at Parsons The New School.
Professor Serdari is the founder and editor-in-chief of PIQluxury, the first online, thematic subscription publication that analyzes, interprets, and visualizes content that has appeared on various academic platforms to make it immediately applicable and relevant to professional challenges all brand professionals face every day.
In addition to her work as brand strategist, Professor Serdari is the co-editor of Luxury: History Culture Consumption the first interdisciplinary, academic journal devoted to luxury published by Taylor & Francis. She is one of the main contributors to the LVMH Fundamentals in Luxury Retail: A CPC/Parsons Collaboration, an education program designed to provide a wide range of retail skills to Chinese-Americans. Originally trained as an architect at the National Technical University of Athens, Prof. Serdari received her doctorate in Art History & Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2005. She also holds an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, with a specialization in corporate and quantitative finance (2009).
Sally Sims Stokes is Adjunct Professor, Cultural Heritage Information Management, in the Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America, where she directs the Art and Museum Libraries Institute. She has served as Interim Head, Art and Architecture Libraries, at the University of Maryland, where she was the curator of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection for sixteen years. She has been a White House History Fellow and Senior Research Specialist at the White House Historical Association. Her publications range from a study of the bicycle and 1890s dress reform to campus architecture in California in the 1920s. She holds an M.S.L.S. from Clarion University; an M.A. in American Studies from the George Washington University; and a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary, where she spent most of her free time whipping up costumes for the William & Mary Theatre.
Chriss Slevin is an Independent Textile Designer and Product Development Consultant. A RISD Textiles graduate, her work integrates fabric processes including industrial knitting, weaving and printing. In her work for experimental textiles label Chilewich she designed exclusive tabletop and flooring products for the MOMA Design Store, Crate & Barrel, and Design Within Reach, among other clients. She teaches Textiles and Home Fashions at LIM College and Sustainability in Fashion at Southern New Hampshire University.
WAYWARD is the multidisciplinary design studio of New York city based designer Chriss Slevin. WAYWARD produces luxurious accessories and home products, with a focus on textile exploration. Our mission is to create moments of unexpected beauty in everyday living.
Kelsi Stoltenow is a Ph.D. student in Art Education at The Ohio State University. She researches the most intimate of all visual and material culture: that which is worn by people day in and day out. Her dissertation research explores the ways in which beauty vlogs act as “aesthetic educators” for a mass audience—like Bob Ross for the digital age. Her other recent research projects include everyday displays of feminist camp through clothing and accessories and the cultural significance of costume jewelry. Before pursuing a career in the academy, Kelsi was a newspaper reporter.
Marin R. Sullivan (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Assistant Professor of Art History at Keene State College. Prior to her appointment, she served as Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. Her research and teaching focuses on European and American modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on sculpture. Sullivan recently completed Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism (Routledge, 2016), and is co-curating a major retrospective exhibition on Harry Bertoia, scheduled to open at the Nasher Sculpture Center in 2019. She has published in Art History, Journal of Curatorial Studies, History of Photography and has a forthcoming article in Sculpture Journal. She is also currently working on a new book project about the relationship between sculpture and architecture during the mid-twentieth century.
Fiona Torrens is a Fashion Communication student at Ryerson University. She is a multi-talented creator with interests in blog writing, graphic design, fashion styling and entrepreneurship. Since 2012 she is the proprietor of Generate Adventure, an online clothing company and blog for teens by teens. Fiona shuffles seamlessly between computers, cameras, sewing machines and sales floors to fulfill her diverse creative interests. A London, Ontario native, Fiona Torrens conceptual approaches to fashion communication demonstrate a truly cosmopolitan vision of youth culture.
Dr. LeeAnn Turegon-Rutkovsky’s expertise is in the global business culture of fashion. She has presented at many international conferences on sustainable practices in the global apparel supply chains with respect to labor and environment. Dr. Rutkovsky is the NEEF, India U.S. Director working on establishing funding and a stronger U.S. presence. NEEF (National Ecology and Environment Foundation Trust) is a non-profit making, non-government organization registered as a public trust in Mumbai, India. NEEF is committed to resource conservation and environmental protection. She is also an editor for Savitarka, a magazine to report research and action on international development issues. Issues covered are technological, socio-economic and policy aspects of various development sectors including energy, environment, infrastructure, human development, agriculture, rural development, urbanization, water resources, and irrigation. She holds a DBA in International Business (specialization in global sustainable apparel supply chains) from Argosy University. She also has an M.S. in Management / Marketing Concentration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Education from Central Connecticut State University. She is currently an adjunct professor in LIM College’s Fashion Merchandising department as well as a sustainable designer.
Harry Umen is a practicing Artist and Designer. He is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (B.F.A.) and Indiana University, Bloomington (M.F.A.).
Harry has been working with digital media in some form for over twenty years. His work has been featured regionally and nationally and in 2014 was a finalist in the Descience MIT Media Lab International Fashion Competition. Currently he is Involved with experimental photography involving light, fabricated and natural surfaces as well as the human form. Harry has a particular interest in the convergence of art, technology and fashion design.
He and is partner Laura McCarthy were invited this past summer by the Moda-Couture Productions to feature their looks at the Moda-Couture Olympiad Fashion Show in Rio di Janeiro.
Harry is currently the Co-ordinator of the Graphic Design and Media Arts Program at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Author, Jo Weldon, has been presenting her lecture on The History of Leopard Print in New York and internationally for nearly two years. As a burlesque instructor and costumer, she has a unique understanding of the intense connections people make when dressing for impact. Photo by Bettina May.
Rainer Wenrich (*1964); Ph. D., studied Art History, Philosophy and German Literature at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Painting/Art Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, achieved a Ph. D. on the topic of Art and Fashion in the 20th century. He teaches as a Professor for Art Education and Didactics of Art and holds the position of the dean of studies at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt. He lectured as a Professor for Art Education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, was deputy head of the department for cultural education at the Bavarian State Ministery for Education. He lectured at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, is the author of articles and books in the field of art education and fashion studies. Research interest: visual studies, costume history and fashion theory. In 2015 he edited »The Mediality of Fashion«, published by transcript/Bielefeld, Germany.
Marianne R. Williams is a Cultural Heritage Information Professional based in Banff, Alberta, Canada. A graduate of the iSchool at the University of Toronto, she uses her training as a librarian, archivist and museums professional to find innovative and collaborative ways to engage and empower communities through culture. Her current research surrounds fashion as information and developing programming around fashion and textile education.