Instructor Spotlight: Deborah Beard

DeborahBeardI have been at FIT for 8 years and I am the Chair of Technical Design and Professor in Technical and Fashion Design. I have been a Fashion Designer for over 25 years in both Los Angeles and NY. I had my own company designing making Junior Sportswear as well. I have written a book “The Complete Book of Technical Design for Fashion and Technical Design.” I have a 17 year old daughter and live in NJ.
I am involved with my Technical Design students in teaching and getting them jobs in the industry. My goal is that all my students have jobs before they graduate.



Prof. Beard teaches:

Teaching Philosophy:

The first thing you need to start in fashion is the “love” of fashion. Wanting to create and make clothes for yourself and to learn to make things unique is all you need to come into the course. We will teach the techniques, sewing, Pattern making, you just need to want to make a garment you can be proud to say “I made this!”.

On Precollege Programs:
I love working with Precollege students because they love to learn. I have a teenager so I know how to teach so they understand. I am open, friendly and excited to help and show my students. I want them to be excited to keep going and make fashion their career. Or at least make things for themselves.


Instructor Spotlight: Eric Ramirez

IMG_8225Prof. Eric Ramirez is the Chairperson and  Assistant Professor in the Textile/Surface Design Department. I am a graduate of the TD/SD Program at FIT and design in various areas of the textile and related fields, especially textiles prints for fashion apparel and home furnishings. Such as: children’s, woman’s wear and menswear textile designs, bed sheet, upholstery fabrics, dinnerware, tabletop, bathroom products. During the semester he teaches several courses from basic color and drawing to the graduating capstone courses. Prof. Ramirez also continues to work on his fine art paintings.

Prof. Ramirez teaches:

HTS176 55A  From Museum Inspiration to Textile Design  


Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that each student has a special creative gift that needs to be nurtured and developed. Through instruction, guidance and hands on practice this creative gift can be strengthen. At one point there is a comfort level when they have achieved a break through with their creativity. Then only can the limitless possibilities of what can be achieved for the future be in the reach of the student.




IMG_1113IMG_1120On Precollege Programs:
I really think the opportunity to study in New York City at FIT in a college atmosphere is so rewarding. Being on a campus that is full of a variety of different fields of study is just awesome. During my class I especially like to see the creative ability and to hear the diferent points of view about designing from the students during discussions and critiques. I have always felt that in all the Precollege programs you will experience something that will make a major impact on you, for the rest of your life.

Artwork featured in the post by Prof. Eric Ramirez


Instructor Spotlight: Bing Hu

DSC_0245Prof. Hu is from the city of Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China. She graduated from the Shanghai Teachers college in 1983, just three years after Chairman Mao’s death and China’s Culture Revolution ended. In 1986 she came to the United States, where she received a merit scholarship at the Art Students League of New York and later obtained her MFA from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1995.



Teaching Philosophy:
I believe professional education is very important. Learning at a young age is necessary. Young people are like the morning sunlight; the future of whole world belongs to them. Our mission is to provide the best art education and to elevate study energy and power. This power will keep the lights shining for generations.

Flatiron Installation

On Precollege Students:
They are young and energetic. They are like sponges; they can easily absorb information.

Advice for young students:
If you really love art, just do it.  FIT pre-college program was designed to help and to elevate your professional foundation level. I like motivated and flexible students, who are here to learn. I love teaching and working with young kids.




2012            “Shattered Debris, Sheer Transformation” at Flatiron Prow Art Space curate by Cheryl McGinnis Project

2009             “Breaking Lines” Cheryl McGinnis Gallery. NYC

1998             “Scattered Petals, Fallen Leaves, Shards of Glass: The Work of Bing Hu”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY

1996             “Open House Exhibition”, 111 Fourth Avenue, NY

1995             “Bing Hu Recent Works”. Chinese American Arts Council, Gallery 456, NY


2000            The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.

1997             The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc.

1996             Commissioned to investigate sites in New York City and propose a temporary public art project by the Public Art Fund

1996             The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.

1993-1995   Awards MFA Scholarship, SUNY Purchase

1989-1990   Merit Scholarship, Art Student League

1989             Nessa Cohen Memorial Foundation, New York

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Instructor Spotlight: Carole Daner

Daner_Instructor SpotlightProfessor Carole Daner teaches in both the Accessories Design Department and the Precollege Programs at FIT. The courses that Professor Daner teaches in the Precollege Program focuses on learning to design, sew and construct handbags, tech and small leather goods and accessories.

Professor Daner teaches the following courses:
HSX 103 – Leather Sewing Intensive – Precollege Workshop Class
HLD 030 – Bags: Fashion and Laptop Cases – Precollege Semester class

Bag Designed by Prof. Carole Daner

Teaching Philosophy:
Professor Daner enjoys teaching the students to develop their own personal style by designing and learning out to translate their designs into actual creations.

On Precollege Programs:
The Precollege Program is an ideal opportunity for the students to learn and become familiar with the different creative and related industries that the Fashion Institute of Technology is renowned for worldwide.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Carole Daner has worked as a designer in the handbag, small leather goods, belt and jewelry industries. Presently Carole Daner designs one of a kind handbags and accessories. Most recently she exhibited at the FIT New Views faculty exhibition.

Instructor Spotlight: Shawn Carter

Shawn Carter_Instructor SpotlightShawn Grain Carter is an Associate Professor. Her career began as an Executive at Bloomingdale’s. In 1986 she launched Bergdorf Goodman’s Home Furnishings Division “The Home on Seven.” Years later she joined Ann Taylor Stores as a Buyer of Dresses, Sportswear, and Accessories until 1991 when she gave birth. Subsequently, she became Merchandising Director at a European luxury brand MCM. Her responsibilities included marketing for Canada, the United States and Japan. In 1997, Macy’s lured her with a promise to launch their website Macy’s.Com. Her responsibilities included Designer Sportswear such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Professor Carter was selected as a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, England in 2004. Ms. Carter received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. She serves on the Board of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and received the Jack and Jill of America “Distinguished Mother of the Year Award.”

Prof. Carter recently taught:
HFM 064:  The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising
HSX 122: The Secret of Private Branding for Retailers


Teaching Philosophy:
To connect the theory and practice of fashion business and merchandising through critical thinking and case studies that enhances each student’s cognitive, creative and leadership skills. By broadening and deepening the individual’s knowledge and experience, I seek to develop lifelong learners and curators of fashion lifestyles and brands.

PreCollege Programs:
The joy of introducing students to a broad range of art, culture, fashion, and lifestyle branding is evident in the talents, skills, and projects that our wonderful students create.

Industry Experience:
Professor Shawn Grain Carter was recently quoted in the “New York Times” August 30, 2014 article, on the nonwoven fabric tyvek, “No Canvas, No Leather, a Reboot for the Sneaker.” She was also quoted on NPR regarding the diversity of models on the fashion runway.