Sage Foundation Chair in Fashion Design. BFA, 1995, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Exhibitions: New York Fashion Week, Lincoln Center, Danspace, NY; Teatro Communale, Firenze; Evanston Art Center, DePaul Art Museum, Millenium Park, Tourism Center Gallery, Chicago. Bibliography: Harper's Bazaar Saudi Arabia; Madame Germany; Harper's Bazaar España; Kaltblut Magazine; Soma Magazine; Vestal Magazine; Noi.se; Fault Magazine; Kurv Magazine; Creem Magazine; SHK; Stylewylde; Fashion Theory; Full Frontal Fashion/ Metro TV; GapD; Lucky; Harper's Baazar; Women's Wear Daily; Wired; New York Times; Village Voice; Dance Insider; Frankfurter Rundschau; Chicago Reader. Awards: NYSCA, Individual Artist Grant, Chicago, US patent.
Experience at SAIC
I was invited as a Visiting Artist to the fashion department in 2004, and was hired on tenure-track the following year. As faculty we are very invested to shape the curriculum and direction of the department, and we created a unique graduate program in Fashion, Body and Garment that started in 2008. I am very fond of my colleagues, and how we are able to guide the next generation. I am also very proud of our students, and the work they are able to make and share. The school is a very special inspiring and supportive environment for young artists to explore and set a foundation for their future.
Trained as a dancer, my approach is deeply influenced by the first hand experience of engaging through motion, sound and energy while navigating space. An extensive period as collaborator creating costumes for post-modern dance and performance artists allowed me to work with an extensive range of body types and needs. Visual communication and visceral experience come together on the body, and through the medium of fashion, engaging both viewer and wearer. The art of pattern-cutting becomes a means for transformation of conceptual sets of ideas into concrete form carried on the frame of the body. Through the collections I build I continue to investigate how garments can empower and inspire.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.