Instructor Spotlight: Susanna Moyer

Susanna Moyer is a global leader in the fashion industry as well as an educator. She started her fashion design career in Paris working for Christian Dior then leading the design team at Olivier Lapidus. She returned to the US where she founded her namesake brand selling to Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom’s and 250 specialty stores. Since then, she has lead designs teams at Hickey Freeman, Liz Lange, Sigrid Olsen, Liz Claiborne and Xcel Brands. Susanna received her BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in NYC.


Professor Moyer teaches:
HSX 085 Designing a Fashion Mini-Collection 
If you are interested in a career in fashion this course will help you explore the process and help you with your preparation to apply to the fashion design program at FIT.

Teaching Philosophy:
I love teaching and mentoring students to help them create their vision and follow their dreams. I am passionate about sharing my experiences with them and giving them the information they need to be successful as a fashion designer in the industry. Knowledge is power and with hard work we can achieve our dreams.

On Precollege Programs:
Teaching Precollege is so rewarding for me because I would have loved to have had the opportunity as a high school student to be exposed to FIT professors and the possibilities in the fashion industry. Precollege classes give students an early start to explore and develop their talents and dreams!

Cotton Incorporated Innovator, IAF World Designer Award.
Work featured in: Italian Vogue, French Vogue, WWD, California Apparel News, Oprah Magazine, Instyle, DNR, Men’s Health, Forbes, and GQ.

Interview with Tim Gunn:

 Work by Susanna Moyer:

Instructor Spotlight: Heather Falconer

Heather is a creative director based in New York City. Heather Falconer has ten years experience in the fashion and publishing industry; she began by studying Fashion, Media and Promotion where she obtained a first class honors degree. Heather’s passion for the publishing industry was fuelled by contributing to Amelia’s Magazine, Tank, Fused, Condé Nast Traveller and Drapers. In 2010 she launched her own print, online and social media brand Spindle and in 2014 Spindle Agency, a branch of Spindle Magazine which caters specifically to brands’ creative solutions. Alongside, she styled, working on a mixture of fashion and music projects, including music videos and advertising campaigns. In 2016, Heather sold the Spindle brand, and remained editor in chief until November 2017.

Heather Falconer Teaches: 

HSX 137 Digital Publication Design

Teaching philosophy:

Spindle started as an idea I had whilst studying, and it became a reality. I believe that anything is possible when we put our minds to it. The power of determination, building a supportive community and positive thinking help us achieve our goals. Education, being open-minded and inquisitive enhances our lives.

Industry Experience / Recent Exhibitions:

Heather is the founder of Spindle Magazine, she has also contributed to Wonderland, Hunger Magazine, and worked with publishing companies such as Dennis, Haymarket and Condé Nast. As well as her head in publishing, Heather spearheaded Kangol’s first ever clothing collaboration with East London fashion brand Terrible Movement. Heather has also had a career as a stylist working for Sony Music, 4AD Records, MasterCard (with Pharell Williams!), Converse, Footlocker, Benefit – to name but a few.

Some projects within the Spindle Agency included UKTI Great British Men’s Style Event at Soho House in NYC, and KNGLxTRRBL; a brand partnership between fashion giant Kangol and Hackney based streetwear brand Terrible Movement. Heather pioneered Kangol’s first ever clothing collaboration.

Heather has also hosted numerous fashion, art and music events over the past decade, both in London and New York, one of her favorites being a music event in the middle of a pier in Brighton, UK!


See some of Heather Falconer’s work in styling and creative direction below






Instructor Spotlight: Demetrio Belenky

Demetrio Belenky is a figurative artist and teacher. He graduated from FIT and obtained his MFA from the New York Academy of Art, after which he pursued his calling in education. He has taught at FIT, SUNY New Paltz, and Berkeley College. He enjoys a studio practice in Brooklyn, where he lives, works and teaches privately.


Instructor Belenky Teaches:
JSX 031 Basic Drawing Skills
JSX 036 Life Drawing for Middle School

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in the universality of art and I communicate to my students its power, global influence and multiculturalism. Art is the great unifier, the language of form and expression and I attempt to translate it into a fun yet educative environment. My goal is to ignite interest for drawing, a passion for painting, an understanding of form and how to visualize it aesthetically. The students learn that

through art, we become more engaged in our world, history and present, our worldview gains sophistication and we grow more attentive to the details and the big picture simultaneously.

Industry Experience:
Creative Director at NPO Open Way

Creative resources at David Yurman


Artwork by Demetrio Belenky:

Instructor Spotlight: Anais Garcia

Anais Garcia is a Technical Design Manager in the intimate’s field with a background in women’s and men’s apparel. Prof. Garcia has a great passion for sharing her expertise and fashion industry experience with others. A Fashion Institute of Technology graduate and a New Yorker, Prof. Garcia has taught Pre-college courses at FIT and will be teaching the HSA 002 Patternmaking and Sewing Tops.



Anais Garcia teaches:
HPM 070 Basic Patternmaking and Sewing I (Grades 11 & 12)
HSA 002 Patternmaking and Sewing Tops

Teaching Philosophy:
I’m always focused on developing the student skills by interacting with them individually and as a team. We are together on this learning journey. We must work as a team to overcome all the bumps on the way and learn from each other. I encourage them to explore different techniques and research the trends and industry to incorporate their findings in their future projects.

Industry Experience:
Earned a Patternmaking degree
Proficient in Technical Design
Travels overseas to train factories and vendors
Active in the fashion Industry for the past 15 years

Instructor Spotlight: Aurelie Desmas

Aurélie Desmas has come to interior design after over a decade in photography and the advertisement industry. Her diverse background and understanding of design, styling, theater, photography and art have provided her with a unique point of view for drawing and understanding 3D renderings on a 2D surface.  Aurelie has an MA in Fine Arts from Paris and refined her drawing skills at the School for Interior Design, FIT and Parsons.

Prof. Desmas teaches:
Teaching Philosophy:

I think Precollege is a great time to start exploring possibilities and getting your feet wet in any discipline you are considering for your future. Drawing is a fantastic means of expression and communication for people of any age. Being able to convey and execute your ideas on the 2D surface of a drawing is an exhilarating experience. I see teaching as a great opportunity to exchange knowledge, discuss ideas and have fun.

Industry Experience:
Interior Designer and Feng Shui specialist for Maison KoduZen, Brooklyn based interior design firm
E-Designer for Havenly

Set Designer for various productions for l’Atelier Theatre in New York

Artwork by Aurelie Desmas: