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).
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 with a multitude of disciplines from fashion to fine art, from photography to architecture. With this multi-disciplinary approach he teamed up with a widespread of international brands like Prada, Maison Martin Margiela, Museum of Contemporary Art Amsterdam, Nicholas Kirkwood, Raf Simons, Architectonics, Six Scents, Colette Paris, Jil Sander, Chanel, to name a few. In 2011 the 4th 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. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the satirical fashion publication Le Derriere Cri and he has been a long term collaborator with Capricious Publishing, as editor and art director for Capricious Magazine as well as variety of artists monographs including Cajsa Von Zeipel’s Proanatomy, Petra Collins Discharge and recently Caitlin Teal Price’s Stranger Lives. Currently he is an Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Fashion and Associate Director at the Parsons MFA Fashion Design & Society program.
Brendan McCarthy has been a faculty member of the MFA Fashion Design and Society Program since 2012. He also teaches in the undergraduate BFA fashion and first-year programs, repsectively. His research and pedagogy focus on ways that fashion can address critical social issues facing specific communities using ethical and sustainable systems for garment-making. His work explores how site-specific filmmaking, conceptual art and diverse forms of representation strategies can be used as generators in the design process. Brendan received his BA in mathematics from Columbia University and MFA in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design. He also studied architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to his transition to art and design, Brendan worked in finance for Morgan Stanley as a research analyst. Brendan is currently in the process of co-founding an experimental fashion label called elLABel. The project will focus on integrating co-design/user collaborative strategies with sustainable and ethical sourcing methods in order to make garments with and for people in underserved communities. His favorite thing to do outside of the classroom and studio is surfing.
Brendan McCarthy teaches Advanced Visual Practicum (1st Years) and Communication (2nd Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.
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 II (1st Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.
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.
Simone Leonhardt studied textiles and fashion design at the University of Reutlingen and under Vivienne Westwood at the Academy of Fine ArtsBerlin, adding a specialty in knitwear at Winchester School of Art. She has designed prêt-à-porter collections and luxury goods for brands including Costume National, Loewe, Narciso Rodriguez & Theory shown in Paris, Milan and New York. In her development of women's wear, men's wear and accessories, Simone worked extensively with European ateliers, leather goods workshops, fabric mills and embroidery houses. More recently, Simone has served as a creative consultant on aesthetics and process and undertaken a project using vintage and reclaimed fabrics to explore modes of sustainable design within high-end fashion.
Simone Leonhardt teaches Design Studio I (1st Years) and contributes additional support during Thesis Design (2nd Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.
Ryan Weafer is design director of 2x4 Inc. (www.2x4.org), a global design studio where he heads a wide breadth of interdisciplinary projects focused on brand development that bridge strategy into visual systems and content creation. At 2x4 Ryan leads creative for all of Prada’s digital channels and work closely with both Prada, Fondazione Prada and Miu Miu on numerous on-going digital and experiential global special projects. Additionally he has lead several brand evolutions for large institutional clients like St Regis, Knoll, Hyundai, Marc Jacobs, Nike, and Levi’s as well as launched new brands from the ground up like TheLine.com and Sies Marjan. Ryan holds a BA in Design | Media Arts from UCLA, and an MFA In Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art. He has also been invited as guest critic at Yale, Rutgers and Parsons. Prior to Yale Ryan lead his own practice in Los Angeles primarily focused within the photography industry and spent time living and working around the world including time at Metahaven in Amsterdam, and positions in Jakarta, Indonesia and Pacasmayo, Peru.
Ryan Weafer teaches Fashion Presentation (1st Years) and Presentation & Portfolio (2nd Years) at the MFA Fashion Design & Society program.
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.
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.