MFA FASHION DESIGN & SOCIETY TEAM

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:

SHELLEY FOX

Shelley Fox is the Donna Karan Professor of Fashion and the Director of the MFA Fashion Design and Society program at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. An award-winning designer, Fox has created numerous experimental and innovative collections that were sold internationally and have been included in prestigious exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Design Museum, Barbican Art Gallery, Crafts Council, Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Modemuseum, Antwerp Landed 2001, Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Design Museum Holon, and various British Council exhibitions that have travelled through Germany, France, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Denmark, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, and Japan. Her work is published broadly in fashion, design, and art journals, as well as academic publications. 

Fox has appeared as a speaker at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Barbican Art Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, MOMI, and recently the World Cities Creative Forum in Shanghai. She has collaborated with creatives such as Tomato, SHOWstudio, Scanner, Michael Clark Dance Company, Random Dance, and the Medical Research Council UK. 

Fox was awarded the Crafts Council Development Award in 1996, The Jerwood Fashion Prize and The Peugeot Design Award for Textiles in 1999, Stanley Picker Fellowship for Design in 2005, and in 2007 she was nominated by the Arts Council England for the Prince Philip Design Prize. Fox served as the main consultant to The Vilcek Foundation in New York for the 2015 Vilcek Prize for Fashion, of which was awarded to curator, Andrew Bolton for his contribution to Fashion at the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Recently Fox was selected for the Business of Fashion - #BOF | The People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry in 2014, the most influential and authoritative list in the global fashion industry. (www.businessoffashion.com).

Shelley Fox teaches Design Studio 1 (1st Years), Thesis Preparation & Thesis Studio (2nd Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.

 

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR:

JOFF

Creative director JOFF has specialized and developed his expertise through collaboration within the field of fashion, design & art. Curating and directing his vision in the realization of small to large-scale projects in the form of publications, exhibitions, events and fashion design. He has collaborated across disciplines from fashion to fine art, from photography to architecture. He has worked with brands and institutions like PradaMaison Martin MargielaMuseum of Contemporary Art AmsterdamNicholas KirkwoodLanvinThe Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual ArtsRaf SimonsArchitectonicsSix ScentsColette ParisJil SanderKarlheinz Weinberger Estate and Chanel. In 2011, the fourth edition of the prestigious Arnhem Mode Biennale, an exhibition and a month-long event focused on the art of fashion, was under his Artistic Direction. In publishing he was the Creative Director of contemporary fine art photography magazine Capricious, Fashion Director at Blend Magazine and the Editor-In-Chief of satirical fashion publication Le Derriere Cri. In 2015 JOFF joined Parsons School of Design / School of Fashion as an Assistant Professor of Fashion and the Associate Director of the Parsons MFA Fashion Design & Society program.

Joffrey Moolhuizen teaches Design Studio 1 (1st Years), Thesis Preparation & Thesis Studio (2nd Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.

Program administrator:

Vanezza cruz-ruiz

Born and raised in the Bronx to Dominican immigrant parents, Vanezza Cruz is a mixed media artist, graphic designer, muralist and art educator. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (Cum Laude) and a MFA in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from Lehman College. Through her career, Cruz has shown her work in galleries as part of groups shows, collaborated on large scale international and regional projects, has participated as a volunteer artist with various cultural and educational organizations serving underrepresented communities, and has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public middle/high schools. 

In Cruz’s creative practice, her work varies to include collaged images of her collection of ephemera, magazines ads and found sources, illustrations, paintings, bound books, small 3D objects, silkscreens, and monotypes. Often containing abstracted illustrations of female forms, images of hair, jewelry, and other “feminized” objects, themes explored in her work touch upon representations of women of color, preoccupations with beauty, body image and cultural identity. 

Currently living and creating in The Bronx, she is the MFA Program Administrator for Parsons’ School of Fashion at The New School. She continues to add to her artistic process/practice by also being a freelance graphic designer, sole and collaborative muralist (as part of Nile Onyx), and, by frequently pursuing new learning opportunities that informs/grows/nurtures her both professionally and personally. Her preferred methods of work range from printmaking, painting, illustration, graphic design and creating other handmade odds and ends. You may view her work at www.dubiouscontessa.com.

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR:    

SARAH BROACH 

Sarah Broach is a creative business consultant and connector with a strong focus on emerging designers and unique projects. Hailing originally from England, she relocated to NYC in 1993 where she spent 15 years in Public Relations and Marketing for luxury brands such as Paul Smith, Patrick Cox, Patrick Robinson and Dolce & Gabbana. In 2006, Sarah moved away from corporate luxury brands to apply her broad industry knowledge and connections to developing emerging and highly creative designers and projects, such as Boudicca, Alyssa Norton, Tucker, Kria, Georgina Goodman and Hotel Particulier, creating unique retail and private events and happenings in London, Paris and New York. Currently, Sarah mentors emerging designers through her position as a part time faculty member of Parsons The New School for Design where she leads two courses that focus on Professional Practice and the Business of Fashion on the MFA Fashion Design and Society program. In addition she continues to collaborate with curator Frederique Thiollet, the founder of Hotel Particulier, a curated establishment exploring new possibilities in fashion, art and design. Sarah is also the Director of Communications at NY based accessory and design company MZ Wallace where she oversees all company branding, PR and marketing.

Sarah Broach teaches Design In Fashion Systems (1st Years) and Professional Practise (2nd Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR:    

AINA BECK 

A Norwegian born designer, artist, and educator, Aina Beck was educated in Norway, England, and the U.S. She holds an MFA from the Fashion Design and Society program at Parsons, and currently teaches across the MFA and BFA fashion design programs. Aina’s design work has been shown at New York Fashion Week, as well as internationally. Most recently, it was shown at the Future of Fashion exhibition in Beijing, China. Her designs have also been featured in Vogue, Wallpaper, Elle, and WWD. With an emphasis on research and sustainability, Aina’s educational approach to fashion focuses on methods that explore the generative space between traditional textile production and emerging technologies.

Aina Beck teaches Design Studio 2 (1st Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR:    

CHRISTELLE DE CASTRO 

Christelle de Castro is a director, photographer & fine artist with over 10 years of experience working in the commercial industry. Her devotion to social justice, inclusivity, and racial & gender equality sew a common thread in her personal & commercial work. Most recently, de Castro opened a large-scale public art installation celebrating downtown New York. Her portraits of locals were displayed across 180+ windows of a 22-story skyscraper, turning each room of the new citizenM Hotel into it’s very own lightbox. Watch a documentary on the project here. Christelle’s work is imaginative, bold & forward thinking. She is repped by IMG’s most daring house of image makers, LENS.

Christelle de Castro teaches Advanced Visual Practicum (1st Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.

 

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR:    

JULIA CROCKETT 

Julia Crockett is a Brooklyn based performing artist, choreographer, actor, and movement specialist. She is a graduate of New York University and trained as an actor in the Meisner Technique under Maggie Flanigan. Her exploration of movement based performance began under the tutelage of Nathan Flower (NYU Tisch, Maggie Flanigan Studio) and Danielle Liccardo (Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers). As Mr. Flower’s protegee, Crockett received extensive training in the work of Loyd Williamson. Flower also served as her directing and choreographic mentor. Crockett has experience in Contact Improvisation, Michael Chekhov work, and Viewpoints. She now teaches movement and physical technique at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, Parsons MFA Fashion Design & Society and the Maggie Flanigan Studio. 

In her academic and artistic work, Crockett explores the relationship between the body and a performer’s emotional life, specifically the connection between physical freedom and psycho-emotional release. Packed with emotional variance, humor, extremity, and pop-culture nods, her performances investigate imitation, emotional gesture, and the cultivation of identity.

Julia Crockett teaches Performance In Design (2nd Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.

 

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR:    

LUKE gilford 

Luke Gilford is a filmmaker and photographer from Santa Cruz, CA. Luke studied Art at UCLA and his photography and films have been exhibited around the world; including MoMA in New York and FOAM in Amsterdam, as well as at Sundance's NEXT festival. Luke’s work provides a poetic and cinematic look into his surreal world, taking a storytelling approach across multiple mediums and creating stunning imagery with a unique narrative vision. Luke’s first film was directing David Lynch in a dreamlike short for Dom Perignon. Soon after, Luke wrote and directed The Future of Flesh, a short film featuring Prada's Fall/Winter collection, narrated by Jane Fonda. The project received critical acclaim and led Luke to develop his work further; writing and directing his first narrative film, Connected, starring Pamela Anderson and Dree Hemingway, and again featuring Jane Fonda. Luke has directed music videos for Blood Orange and Troye Sivan and collaborated with brands such as Mercedes Benz, Proenza Schouler, Tag Heuer, Stella McCartney, and Maison Martin Margiela. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Dazed & Confused, W Magazine, and Vogue.

Luke Gilford teaches Advanced Visual Practicum (1st Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.

 

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR:

COLLEEN HERMAN

As a trained painter focusing on textile design and development, creative roles in the fashion world have made up the last 15 years of Colleen's career. In the early 2000s she focused primarily on designing prints and wovens for home wares at Calvin Klein. In 2014, Colleen started Tenfold, a private label luxury brand for retail concept, The Line. As Creative Director, she collaborated with mills and artisans the world over to make hard and soft goods for home. From 2015 Colleen has expanded into creating visual strategy and art direction for new and existing brands; including Prada, Target, Carolina Herrera, Aritzia, DKNY, and Tiffany's. She continues to paint etc. and will participate in an artist's residency in Oaxaca, Mexico during early 2018. 

Coleen Herman teaches Design Studio III (2nd Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.

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natallia pilipenka 

Born in Ukraine, and raised in Belarus, Natallia Pilipenka headed to NYC, where she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating in May of 2007.  While at FIT, she was honored to have her final thesis project featured on the cover page of Women’s Wear Daily.  Upon graduation, she received the school’s Critique Award for her specialization of Current Scene, as well as a design award presented by Cotton, Inc. Upon graduation, Natallia pursued multiple independent projects while teaching at the BFA Fashion design program at Parsons. While at Parsons she successfully completed the MFA Fashion and Society program. During her time at MFA she was awarded the Donna Karan Scholarship. Upon graduation Natalia landed a job with Under Armour as knitwear and advanced concepts designer, where she had the opportunity to hone her skills and experience in the active apparel field. In 2015 Natalia was awarded The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fashion, established to encourage and support young immigrants who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in their field. 

Natallia Pilipenka teaches Creative Pattern Cutting Workshop (1st Years) and Thesis Studio (2nd Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.

   

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR:

ROSS TIBBLES 

Ross Tibbles is an accomplished artist, practitioner, and lecturer. He holds a BA Honours in Fine Art from Kingston University in the U.K., as well as the distinction of an MA in Critical Fine Art Practice from the University of the Arts in London. For over two decades, Ross has exhibited his work at countless galleries and museums around Europe and in New York. In 2007, he had the distinct honor of showing in two solo exhibitions. Ross’ artistic work creates assemblages out of recovered materials, like magazines, books, newspapers, sports and music paraphernalia. His manipulation of these seemingly materials into new formations dislocate and fragment them from their original context, in order to rethink them as artifacts found at an archaeology site. Ross teaches at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program and has developed and is teaching Fashion Imaging (1st Years) in the university’s Foundation year.

Ross Tibbles teaches Orientation I (1st Years) and Orientation II (2nd Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.

 

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR:    

RYAN WEAFER 

Ryan Weafer is an independent creative director and strategist working at the intersection of culture and commerce with deep experience in fashion, luxury, beauty and art. As ®W Consulting, Ryan works with brands including Tiffany & Co. and Sies Marjan, and agencies & consultancies like Imprint Projects and the Current Global, with an emphasis on holistic content initiatives. Ryan spent over 5 years as design director of 2x4, inc. leading a wide range of multi-disciplinary, international projects focused on brand development and bridging strategic objectives into language, image and content. At 2x4 Ryan worked extensively with Prada, Fondazione Prada and Miu Miu on numerous omnichannel and experiential special projects around the world, including notably the Pradasphere exhibition in London and Hong Kong and the relaunch of Prada’s digital presence. Additionally he led brand evolutions for large institutional clients including St Regis, Knoll, Hyundai, Marc Jacobs, and Levi’s®, and launched new brands including TheLine.com, and Perez Art Museum Miami. Ryan holds and BA in Design | Media Arts from UCLA, and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art.

Ryan Weafer teaches Fashion Presentation (1st Years) and Presentation & Portfolio (2nd Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.