Instructor Spotlight: Brian Emery

Brian Emery is an artist and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. He has been teaching in the photography department at FIT since 2004, and teaches a wide array of digital skillsets and techniques. His art practice is centered around creatively misusing cameras to manipulate representations of time and space.


Brian Emery Teaches:
HSX 114 Drone Photography


Teaching Philosophy:
The process of learning is one spent largely wandering around in darkness in hopes of finding brief moments of light. Those aha moments are rare, but gratifying. The key, however, is to learn to love the wandering.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Brian had a solo exhibition of prints and video work at the Romano Gallery in the Rose-Hipkins Center for the arts in Blairstown NJ in 2017, and participated in group shows at the Center for Photographic Arts in Denver Colorado, and the University Art Gallery at Central Michigan University.

In 2016 Brian was awarded a fellowship in 3D Visualization by the John D Rockefeller Jr. Library in Williamsburg, VA. And, in 2017 he received a National Parks Artist Residency at Gettysburg National Military Park.

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Instructor Spotlight: Nancy Alusick

Nancy Alusick is a longstanding, successful freelance stylist, visual merchandiser and interior designer with a background working in magazines as a accessory editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue Patterns. She studied fashion design at FIT and teaches styling in the professional studies division of the college.

Nancy Alusick teaches:
HSX 121 Passion for Fashion Styling 

Teaching Philosophy:
Simply put, I totally enjoy sharing my real life experience as a fashion stylist/editor and I enjoy our students themselves! It’s my goal to have students come away feeling both inspired and energized by the fun, creative aspects of styling and ready to initiate the work involved in developing the business savvy required to be successful.

Industry Experience:
Harper’s Bazaar
Vogue Pattern Magazine
Accessories Magazine
Hewlett Packard
Coca Cola
American Express
Many Others

Featured Work by Nancy Alusick:

Instructor Spotlight: Roza Mirakova

Prof. Roza Mirakova graduated with a B.S. in Production Management in 1996 from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

She is highly experienced in draping, sewing, and patternmaking. After working as a tutor for a while, she was inspired to teach and share her knowledge with others. She started to teach in 2015 at FIT and NYSD. Prof. Mirakova worked in various companies as a patternmaker/technical designer in childrenswear and womenswear for over 15 years.


Prof. Mirakova teaches:
HPM 070  Basic Patternmaking and Sewing I
HPM 071  Patternmaking and Sewing II 

Teaching Philosophy:
I focus on teaching with patience and clarity, and on passing my knowledge/experience to my students. It is very important for me to make the class interesting so that students enjoy their experience. I treat my class as one big team so everyone has fun in the process. I want my students to stay connected to me and each other as we all have one goal at the end of the day, to see our final product. At the end of the semester, I have students present their projects as a small fashion show presentation.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Liz Claiborne- Tech Designer
Everlast/Everex- Tech Designer
Diana Hartman- Production Patternmaker
Paris Suits by George Simonton- Production Patternmaker

Featured Work by Prof. Mirakova:



Instructor Spotlight: Jennifer Bentivegna

Jennifer Bentivegna began teaching at FIT  in 2014 in the Fashion Business Management department.  She teaches both lower and upper division courses in the subject matter relating to Product Development, Merchandising, and Team Development. Jennifer is an alumna of FIT graduating with her B.S in Fashion Merchandising Management. She spent her career in various roles at Giorgio Armani (Armani Exchange) in the Merchandising department as well as E-commerce. Jennifer is currently enrolled in a masters degree program at SUNY Empire where she plans to graduate with a Masters In Learning and Emerging Technologies.

Prof. Bentivegna teaches:

HFM 060 Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future

Teaching Philosophy:
I believe in sharing my knowledge of the industry with my students. I want them to understand that the only constant in this industry is change and it is my role as an instructor to prepare you for those constant changes. Teamwork, passion, and drive are the recipe for success in fashion and it is my goal to bring all three of those to the classroom every day.

Industry Experience:

  • Director Men’s Merchandising Armani Exchange
  • Director Buying/Planning
  • Armani


Instructor Spotlight: Michele Liebler

Michele Liebler began teaching in 2002. She has years of experience teaching courses and workshops at the National Academy Museum & School, Art Students League, teaching assistant; Brooklyn College, Founder and Art Instructor at Artspot, among other places around New York City. She received her BFA in painting and drawing from SUNY Purchase and her Master in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College. Michele Liebler spent her early years working in publishing for Penguin Books and Harper Collins as a graphic designer to support herself as a fine artist. Over the years she has had several solo exhibitions and group shows in New York City. She is a native New Yorker and continues to work in her studio in Brooklyn to produce works of art for her upcoming exhibitions.

Michele Liebler teaches:
HSX 018: Pop Art Painting

Teaching Philosophy:
I tell students that it is important to develop their own visual language. Allow yourself time to experiment with different mediums and techniques to find your own style. Be disciplined, paint every day and let your enthusiasm show through your work. I always share my professional experience with my students to help them grow as artists.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Michele Liebler has exhibited in such venues as Parrish Art Museum, Arnot Art Museum, National Academy Museum, Butler Institute of American Art and private collections internationally. She received numerous awards including Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, GIP Grant, Horlick Painting Award, and Arnot Art Museum Award for Painting. She is represented by First Street Gallery in New York City.


Featured work by Michele Liebler: