Fran Arazi, who has been designing and manufacturing children's wear for the past 20 years, is the designer for and president of Pastourelle, LLC. Pastourelle sells under the labels ‘Pippa and Julie' and ‘Marmellata' as well as under a private label.
Jerry Dellova (Knitwear)
Fashion designer Jerry Dellova, an FIT alumnus, has spent more than two decades designing for upscale men's and women's sportswear companies. Dellova has dressed Katie Couric for The Today Show, consulted on clothing for movies and TV, lectured to consumers on building a wardrobe, produced fashion shows, and written for many publications. He is a board member of Fashion News Workshop, and a member of DIFFA, The Fashion Group International, the FIT Alumni Association, and Standing Tall, a school for special needs children.
Shani Grosz (Sportswear)
Based in New York City's Fashion District, Shani Grosz's Shani Collection features an innovative and chic Women’s Bridge line sold at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Dillard's, and leading specialty stores across the country and in Europe. She has had programs on QVC and HSN, and has dressed both celebrities and characters in movies and television, including Charlotte in Sex and the City. Grosz focuses on quality, luxurious fabrics and special details to create garments tailored to smart shoppers with couture taste. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design.
Sergio Guadarrama (Special Occasion)
Sergio Guadarrama established his label Celestino in 2005, while he was a fulltime student at FIT. Now 27, Guadarrama continues to expand his vision through Celestino. His graceful evening gowns and cocktail dresses combine impeccable tailoring and refined silhouettes to fit every woman’s shape. In addition to a degree from FIT, Guadarrama graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. In 2008, he was awarded “Best in Class – Execution” at the inaugural Supima Design Competition.
Carolina Herrera (Sportswear)
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Carolina Herrera formed Carolina Herrera, Ltd. in 1981 in New York. Today, with sales extending around the world, Herrera oversees an international design firm that encompasses her signature fashion collection, a bridal collection, fragrances and accessories. The first Carolina Herrera flagship store opened in 2000 on New York's Madison Avenue in a four-story landmark building, followed by boutiques in Los Angeles, Dallas, Bal Harbour, and Las Vegas. In 2008, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) honored Herrera with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. The CFDA also honored her in 2004 with its Womenswear Designer of the Year award.
Calvin Klein (Sportswear)
Calvin Klein is recognized globally as a master of minimalism and has spent his career distilling things to their very essence. Whether in fashion, fragrance, beauty, or his collections for the home, his work is always subtle, sophisticated and possesses a clarity that has redefined modern living. Born in New York in 1942, award-winning fashion icon and marketing pioneer Calvin Klein honed his style at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He launched his first collection in 1968, going on to revolutionize the designer denim and underwear businesses with his overtly sexy ad campaigns.
Jean Kolloff (Knitwear)
Jean Kolloff is an apparel executive with expertise in brand building and strategic planning skills at all levels of the consumer markets. Prior to establishing contemporary knitwear company Qi with her partner eight years ago, she was the general merchandise manager of a $400 million dollar business at Limited Corp. and served as president of the U.S. divisions for Burberrys, Yves Saint Laurent, and Hugo Boss. Additionally, Kolloff spearheaded international and domestic licensed growth for Kenneth Cole and was responsible for launching Kenneth Cole menswear.
Sarah Wolf (Intimate Apparel)
Sarah Wolf is creative design director at Betsey Johnson Intimates, a subsidiary of the Carole Hochman Design Group. Wolf started her career as a design assistant at Natori in 1992. Within five years she was designing the Josie sleepwear collection, the Natori daywear/body collection and special items for the Natori Couture Collection. Wolf went on to design all Glamour/Dressy Sleepwear at Victoria's Secret for seven years. She holds a BFA degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design.