Instructor Spotlight: Donna Berger

Donna Tartaglione Berger began her career in fashion as a fashion designer and illustrator after graduating from The Fashion Institute of Technology. Her experience in the industry spans fashion design, graphic design, illustration, and CAD implementation. Her design experience includes companies such as: Emanuel Ungaro, Jones NY, Marc Andrew, Larry Levine, S.Rothschild, Members Only, and Donna Karan. After many years of designing in the fashion industry, Donna started her own business and is a successful entrepreneur with an athleisure brand concentrating on today’s trends, fashion forecasting and branding in the world of social presence.

As a designer, educator, and entrepreneur with over 25 years of fashion industry experience, Donna has a proven track record in connecting fashion, creativity, technology and student success as her passion continues to ‘give back’ to her students. Her knowledge and years of experience help students thrive in an environment that is unique and challenging.

She currently teaches part time at The Fashion Institute of Technology and at Parsons The New School of Design.

Donna also volunteers as an artist/photographer for children’s organizations including the Make A Wish foundation and Operation Warm.

Website:  http://donnatberger.wixsite.com/donnatberger

Classes Taught:
JSX050: The Fashion Cycle
JSX060: Red Carpet Fashion
JSX 019: Fashion History: Trends Through the Decades

On Precollege Programs:
FIT’s Precollege Program is a wonderful opportunity to teach and introduce students interested in fashion within a college setting.  They get a good feeling from the workshops, campus, people, and all the creativity surrounding them.  I wish these programs were available when I was in middle/high school.  We always have a wonderful time together and I love seeing the smiles, and self-confidence on their faces as we create the projects!

Teaching Philosophy:
I love to work with driven students in a creative, inspiring environment and help them learn the skills they need to move forward.  My students are engaged in personal hands-on projects as they are able to choose a topic of interest and apply the skills we are learning along the way.  I find that when students get to research their own interest, it is a true passion-based learning experience.  It’s amazing to see how they grow through the workshops; artistically and socially.

The trip is worth it: Abigail, 5 hrs

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From rural upstate New York to the big city. This is what I have been dreaming of since my first visit to the city when I was a child. It was always an exciting time when my parents said ”lets go to New York” we would get in the car and leave early in the morning and arrive in Times Square by noon. It would usually take anywhere from 4 – 5 hours to reach the city. I remember looking out the window and waiting to get that first glimpse of the skyline. I knew then that I wanted to be in the city. I was fortunate enough to attend my first Summer Precollege Workshop at FIT this past June. It was an amazing experience and led me to sign up for another this Fall. Attending these classes is a commitment. I must get from Ticonderoga, NY to Albany, about a two hour drive, and then take the MegaBus to FIT another two and a half hours. Many of my friends would ask why are you doing that? My answer was simple and easy. I told them if you want to achieve your dream you have to remember:

The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way and may go in more than one direction, it is marked with faith. It is traveled by belief and courage, persistence and hard work. It is conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances, to fail and try again and again. Along the way, you may have to confront doubts, setbacks, and unfairness. But when the path comes to an end, you will find that there is no greater joy than making your dream come true. – Arthemia

FIT offers everything that I have strived for through out high school. While attending my class this summer I met some amazing people, met incredible instructors, and learned that I was on my way to achieving my dream. I have signed up for another course this fall entitled Public Relations/Fashion Industry and can not wait to return. Mega Bus here I come!

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Abigail Young

Instructor Spotlight: Abby Verbosky

Abby Verbosky’s roots are in social documentary and street photography. She has been a Teaching Artist since 2014 with International Center of Photography and Magic Box Productions with residencies in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Verbosky graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism and Anthropology from Ohio University and enjoys storytelling through visuals.

Website: www.abbyverbosky.com

Abby Verbosky teaches:
JSX 006 Basic Digital Photography: Portraits 
JSX 007 Basic Digital Photography: Environments

Teaching Philosophy:
I have a passion for life and its moments—laughter, tears, intimacy, and despair, community and seclusion. I share this passion with my students through the power of photography.

On Precollege Programs:
I enjoy teaching driven students come into a college setting; it’s a new creative space to learn advanced skills and explore what their cameras can capture. With the tools they learn and their current environment, students will have an opportunity to go home with striking photographs. More importantly, teaching Precollege is a great pleasure as I get to help develop talent at a very early state. The skills my students learn will be helpful to them moving from middle school into high school and beyond.

 

Instructor Spotlight: Isolina Perez

finalsmallIsolina Perez is the Department/Industry Project Coordinator for the Jewelry Design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She also teaches part time through the school’s Center for Professional Studies and the Precollege Program. She is a frequent guest artist at the Guilded Lynx Studio in Connecticut and offers private workshops at Studio 134 in NYC.

Isolina is also a jewelry and mixed-media artist who likes to bend the rules and push the envelope when creating innovative pieces. Why not think outside the box and re-purpose a device that embosses paper or utilize ordinary items like paper clips to texture metal? She uses these techniques and a variety of others to create her concepts in resin, metal, paper, and enamel.

Classes Taught:
HSX 010: Beaded and Wire-wrapped Jewelry Design
JSX 070 Jewelry Design: Wire-Forming and Beaded Techniques
JSX 071 Jewelry Design: Metal Jewelry Techniques
JSX 072 Jewelry Design: Clay, Resin and Polymer Techniques

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On Precollege Programs:
The Precollege Program is a wonderful opportunity for middle school and high students to take a class they love in a college setting. It’s most rewarding when the students complete a piece above and beyond their expectations.

Teaching Philosophy:
Whether someone is a  novice or experienced jewelry designer, I remind them that making jewelry should be fun.  I encourage students to ask as many questions as possible, it doesn’t matter how many times I repeat myself as long as they get the concept.  I tell the students they are only limited by their imagination, and by the end of the class they will be walking out with as many pieces of jewelry as they have created.  That’s Priceless!

Industry Experience:
Isolina has been featured in several issues of Stampington Magazine, Just Steampunk Magazine and in the Lark book “Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry.”

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Instructor Spotlight: Steven Cutting

Steven Cutting (final small)Steven Cutting is a Professor in the Fashion Design Art Department in the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Professor Cutting has taught at FIT since 1996  and received AAS and BFA degrees in Fashion Design from FIT. Currently he is working on his MA in Adult Development. Master at his craft, designer of Innovative style not only in NY, but in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean he has worked as a Design Director, Fashion Designer, in both garments  and accessories.

Classes Taught:
HAR016 Creating the Fashion Figure
HAR089 Fashion Design Portfolio III

Professor Cutting’s Teaching Philosophy:
Innovative and Relevant techniques, which consistently evolve as the times change!

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On Precollege Programs:
I get great satisfaction from teaching, knowing I made a difference! Its important I provide a welcoming environment….

Additional Comments/Advice:
Constantly research to fulfill your desire for Fashion! Understand how to blend your appetite for fashion with business for success…LIVE IT, BE IT and REMAIN IN IT!!!!!

Industry Experience:
Kenneth Cole, Perry Ellis, Larry Levine, Anna Scipioni, Krizia, Philippe Monet, Doneger Trends Consultant, Beyoncé’s House of Dereon/Dereon, Komocean, Fashion Show Producer

Awards/Presentations:
Harvey’s Bristol Crème Award for Most Promising Designer
Children of Promise Mentor
Shabeau Magazine Award Winner
Council for Leather Exports Presenter: India/New York
Leather Trend Specialist: China/Miami
Caribbean World Fashion Presenter/Instructor: Barbados/Guyana/St. Kitts
International Guest Professor: ZST University -Hangzhou China

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Upcoming News:
▪ Website coming…
▪ FASHION DESIGN BOOK in works coming soon…
▪ Fashion Show with Kenneth Cole/Kota Alliance/Stand for Education May 2016

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