Passion for fashion
No secret here — I hold my MFA in fashion design. And besides being on the deans list for my degree, I received a MIFUR award in MIlan for fur design and a scholarship by NAFA and Central Ostrobothnia University in Finland. I teach fashion design at a local university and lecture regularly at a variety of institutions. Being able to blend my skills has been wonderful and keeps be ahead of trends, not only only in clothing but in retailing, color forecasting, manufacturing, sourcing and publishing.
I understand the construction and the different points of manufacturing. The complex areas of tailoring, draping, pattern manipulation and material considerations are completely understood. It is why I consistently make the "short list" for publishers for illustrating there construction books or filling in for designers on maternity leave or a collection season. I do technical flats/specs and line up boards for clients putting together seasonal collections. My niche specialty is menswear and fur design.