Instructor Spotlight: Gerard Dellova

Professor Gerard Dellova is a Design/Creative Director with proven retail success in Womens, Mens & Kids design/product development and execution for better department stores, specialty stores and company stores. Gerard is experienced in the entire design process from concept inception, fabric selection, spec creation, fit review, to final approval. He has been profiled in WWD, NY Times, People, and Washington Post. Contributed content to “Designing your Fashion Portfolio”; Fairchild 2013.

Professor Dellova teaches:
HAP 101 Your Career as a Fashion Designer

Teaching Philosophy:
I think early understanding of the real options in the fashion industry creates real enduring, happy careers! As I tell the students, the only stupid question is the one you do not ask! Asking questions opens doors and open doors are open minds! I like my students to leave me with a “Critical eye”, saying” is that good? New? Right? Or bad? Old?” I try to teach them creative problem solving, which as designers we do every day!

Industry experience:
GWheels, New York- Chief Creative Director
BARRY BRICKEN [CFDA member] New york-Director of Design and Merchandising
GO SILK, New York – Design and Creative Director
CORBIN, LTD., New York – Director of Design and Merchandising

Consulting for:
Trend House, Defyance, Li and Fung, Exclusively, Misook, Urban Samaritan

Professional Affiliations:
Fashion Group International – Publication Committee, 2001–2006. Writes and review fashion events.
Fashion News Network/Trends – Co VP, Co-chair: Trend Day, Executive committee

Work by Professor Dellova

Instructor Spotlight: Valerie Parker

      Valerie is a creative designer, photographer, filmmaker and producer working around the world on independent projects. Launching her own production company, marketing agency and trekking around the world with a camera in hand led to many discoveries in sustainable development, indigenous culture and ethical fashion. Her passion for storytelling and cutting edge technology led her to develop a tech company and immersive media platform to serve the explosive conscious fashion space. In addition to being the Founder and CEO of the Second World Group, she launched a modern day “Live AID” music, arts and fashion festival called Culture Fest International, and she is also the Founder of the Valerie Parker label featuring her own designs, and the ethical fashion company, Fashionably Fair. Valerie is a United Nations correspondent for the Turkish Journal, covering fashion, arts, and humanitarian issues. Valerie’s career in the fashion industry entails traveling domestically and internationally sourcing innovative materials, scouting designers and working with NGOs. As a multidisciplinary producer and marketer Valerie takes a leadership role in negotiating prices and managing personnel and budgets for an array of projects. More than 18 years ago Valerie founded Second World Foundation, a nonprofit focused on accelerating economic empowerment through development projects and documentary film-making to deepen cultural understanding domestically and internationally.

Valerie Parker teaches: 
HIN 131 International Fashion Marketing 

Teaching Philosophy:
I want my students to become as passionate about their work as I am. My goal is to highlight cutting edge innovations of this world in the context of the course work. Knowledge and proper use of the amazing tools we have today work hand in hand and apply to real life opportunities that await my students. This is an inspiring journey for all of us! 
Industry Experience:
Founder and CEO of Second World immersive e-commerce platform for conscious fashion, innovative materials research and development for new brand, and Fashionably Fair Host/ On Camera correspondent interviewing celebrities like Rosario Dawson.
Valerie is currently working on her first book and screenplay, as well as academic papers with an interest in ethical fashion, culture and materials/technology innovations.

Instructor Spotlight: Daniel DeMatteo

Photo by Marta Regulski

Our dreams and true destinies are within reach when we have the courage to embrace them. Dan’s innate creativity and compelling individualism were overshadowed by hard times that lasted through his adolescence. He lost sight of his destino vero — or true destiny.

One day as he walked by the Fashion Institute of Technology, he caught a glimpse of the destiny before him, it was time to embrace his greatest skills. After creating a design portfolio in one night, FIT found his work so compelling they offered him a space in their Menswear Design program. Despite no previous apparel experience, he quickly moved to the top of his class and was hired by Nicole Miller while still attending the Fashion Institute of Technology.
For over 20 years, Dan made his way through every corner of the fashion industry — and the globe. He conquered design, merchandising, sourcing and beyond for marquee brands and boutiques alike while learning from their successes and failures. Then after years of incubation, Dan launched his own clothing company and brand, Destino Vero, in 2012.

Daniel DeMatteo Teaches:
HMW 157 Intro to menswear Sewing 

Teaching Philosophy:
I take great pride in teaching the next generation of designers, tastemakers and creatives. In my class I focus on the importance of sharpening the students’ skills, leading by example, encouraging a strong work ethic while infusing a sharp attention to detail.  I provide my students with a unique, “on the job experience,”  that parallels the fashion industry’s demands and helps to ensure future success. I have always said, “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking. Quality is a parallel to integrity, especially in fashion.”

Industry Experience:

  • In 2012, Dan launched his own clothing company and brand, Destino Vero
  • GQ Magazine-Bombay Sapphire exhibition, “New Designer of the Year” award ceremony
  • Day for Night exhibition, Menswear design award
  • Italian Trade Commission Exhibition award, Daniel was sent to study and work in Prato, Italy
  • FIT Outstanding Menswear Student Achievement Award, Daniel was sent to study in Paris, France

Work by Daniel DeMatteo:


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 many 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