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Elyse Richman, Fashion Buying and Merchandising, owns the women’s clothing store Shock, along with its sister businesses, Baby Shock and Shock Ice Cream, in Westhampton Beach, NY. Richman, who began her career by founding the Rags to Richman T-shirt line, also runs, a T-shirt business devoted to raising funds for villages in Darfur, Sudan.


Janet Halpern Holmes, Fashion Buying and Merchandising, is the designer and owner of I Am Dreamy Dresses, a girls’ special-occasion dress line. For 25 years, Holmes has worked in technical design, helping to create everything from sweaters to knits to juniors’ denim. She is now looking for a business partner with marketing expertise, and an atelier. 


Vivian Cameron-Gallo, Display and Exhibit Design, wrote a children’s book, We’re Three: A Story About Families and the Only Child (Trafford, 2008), which was named the 2010 Book of the Year by Creative Child Magazine. An interactive story, We’re Three invites kids to draw pictures as they read. Cameron-Gallo also freelances as a display and exhibit designer for home-furnishing manufacturer showrooms.


Jamie Levine Keslowitz, International Trade and Marketing, Fashion Buying and Merchandising ’86, owns Custom Creations, which designs and imprints logos on promotional items for corporations, schools, and individuals. She also runs, which offers a broad range of party favors for Sweet Sixteens, bar mitzvahs, and other events.


Christopher Carhart, Fashion Buying and Merchandising, Fashion Design ’85, is the certified managing purchaser for the Population Council, an international nonprofit dedicated to researching reproductive health, the spread of HIV and AIDS, and the social impact of poverty. From the Manhattan headquarters, he supervises a team of three to procure supplies for the organization’s worldwide offices.


Wanda Rojas, Fashion Design, is a textile artist and director of digital printing at the Style Council, a print and graphics studio in Manhattan that creates patterns for clients like Aéropostale, DKNY, and Martha Stewart. She is also working on an Etsy store offering her jewelry and accessories.


Kate Miller, Fashion Design, is a technical designer and developer of backpacks for Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. Miller’s recognitions include a 2010 Top Gear Award from explore magazine and a 2010 International Forum Design’s Communication Design Award in the backpacks and travel-luggage category.


Kendra Bauser, Fashion Design, owns The Collective by Kendra, for which she designs custom, hand-crafted knitwear ranging from skirts to bustiers. Bauser’s work is sold in boutiques from Brooklyn to Japan. Several of her pieces will appear in an upcoming episode of The Vampire Diaries.

Marketa Psenickova, Accessories Design, has been designing and manufacturing handbags under her Marketa New York line since 2001. She sells her bags—primarily leather, with minimal hardware—on the internet and in boutiques in Asia, the U.K., and the U.S.


Limor Garcia Hader, Interior Design, is program manager for interactive projects at Frog Design in Munich, Germany. For New Year’s Eve 2005, her team orchestrated Target’s programming on Times Square’s digital displays, synchronizing animations between screens and creating a program that flashed reveler-submitted photos on the Reuters Building sign. Hader also developed Cellphedia, a mobile-phone application that allows users to share information via text messaging, which she spoke about at the 2005 Wikimania conference in Frankfurt.

Timothy Roquemore, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Patternmaking Technology ’99, is senior visual merchandiser for luxury Italian clothing maker Loro Piana, setting merchandise-display standards for retail partners like Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. He plans to launch his own line of high-end men’s shoes next year.

Olivia Mattson Weter, Fashion Merchandising Management, owns and operates Queen of Dreams Styling, a brand, image, and wardrobe consultancy based in Rapid City, SD. Weter—who’s worked in retail management, personal shopping, and celebrity PR in New York and Los Angeles— accepts individual and corporate clients.


Shirley Rocha, Fashion Merchandising Management, is a visual merchandising manager for IKEA in Tampa, FL. Rocha develops in-store displays that allow customers to see the company’s products (sofas, shelving units, kitchen accessories) in all of their various combinations and configurations. Stephanie Chalawsky Rodriguez, Illustration, is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Miami Lakes, FL. Rodriguez, who has also taught art to adults and children, has worked for more than 100 companies and periodicals, including Plank Road Publishing and India’s Taj Mahal Review.


Lisa Marie Bentley-Phillips, Textile/Surface Design, is a senior designer in the domestics division at Target Corporation, where she develops home-textile products. Previously, she worked as a textile designer for Alexander Julian, Inc., designing textiles and home products for the Alexander Julian at Home brand.

Kathleen Staples McFadden, Advertising and Marketing Communications, owns Kathleen’s Gallery and Framing, an art and custom framing shop in Yardley, PA, north of Philadelphia. McFadden began the business six years ago; prior to that, she was a project manager at Gillespie Advertising in Princeton, NJ. She plans to go back to school for her teacher’s certificate.


Minki Lee, Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Fashion Design ’02, is an art director at Ann Taylor Loft. Lee formerly worked as an interactive web designer for Intermix and co-created Marquis & Camus, a website for emerging jewelry designers that’s been featured in Elle, Glamour, and the Washington Post.

Andrew Yang, Fashion Design, created The Kouklitas, a line of handmade dolls. Yang dresses his creations—named after koukla, Greek for “doll”— in recreations of designs by Balmain, McQueen, and more, and offers likenesses of many of fashion’s boldfaced names, including Lady Gaga and Anna Wintour. He also offers customized dolls.


Liliana Valencia Perez, Home Products Development, Interior Design ’03, is a senior associate in charge of communications and training in the investment advisory operations department of UBS Financial Services. Previously, Perez worked as a designer and product developer for Tweel Home Furnishings, where she dreamt up new ideas for customers like Bed Bath & Beyond.


Ruchika Kumar, Textile/Surface Design, has completed her master’s in textile design at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, in London. She is starting an ethical and eco-conscious business, Ichcha, designing and marketing accessories and textiles handcrafted by communities in her native India. (Ichcha is Hindi for “wish.”) Kumar grew up in various countries before settling in New York in 1993. She returned to India in 2010 to study printmaking as part of her graduate degree. Cristin Powers, Fashion Merchandising Management, owns GreenBeing, a Scranton, PA, boutique specializing in vintage and handmade goods made with repurposed materials or organically grown fibers. Aside from the store, GreenBeing offers a screen-printing service; makes and distributes its own reusable coffee cup sleeves; and has an expanding e-commerce site.


Ji Young Song, Fashion Design, is an associate production manager with Edge Clothing, Inc., a Los Angeles-based junior apparel company. She’s also an independent fashion designer, and recently had her first show in New Jersey. Song previously interned at Elie Tahari and worked as a technical designer in women’s knitwear at Calvin Klein.

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