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 Spindle to the CEO of Weller Media Agency and remained Editor in Chief of Spindle Magazine.

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 two Spindle events and managed a campaign for fashion brand Barbour International, which saw three creative from Heather’s Spindle Network promoted across the Barbour International social media platforms.


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






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:

Instructor Spotlight: Mary Capozzi

Mary Capozzi has been an instructor at FIT for over 8 years. During her 17 years of experience in the fashion industry, Prof. Capozzi designed children’s clothing, swimwear and denim. She also has a passion for art, particularly fashion illustration and digital illustration.

Prof. Capozzi teaches:
HSX 095 Costume & Couture Rendering

Teaching Philosophy:
My life philosophy, which extends to my teaching, is “seek knowledge from cradle to grave”. I love to learn and impart that knowledge to my students. I appreciate when students are challenged and when they challenge me to grow. Precollege students bring an energy and excitement to the learning environment. I am always completely blown away by the level of creativity and imagination they display in their presentations.

Recent Exhibitions/Work:
SUNY Empire State College Graduate Art Show

Instructor Spotlight: Frank Rocco

Frank  Rocco is a New York City Fashion Photographer and has been working professionally and full-time since the nineties. He specializes in beauty, portrait and figure photography. Frank Rocco loves to photograph people and he appreciates the special connection between himself and his subjects. He feels at home whether he’s photographing a fast-moving guerilla-style shoot on location or a carefully planned studio beauty session.

Teaching Philosophy:
One of the benefits of fashion photography is that the photographer has more freedom to be creative with lighting, posing, angles and composition than a portrait or lifestyle photographer. I encourage my students to learn how to emulate images that they appreciate with consideration for lighting, angles, posing and composition and to make deliberate decisions regarding those elements. I also encourage the spontaneity that makes fashion photography exciting. I am a firm believer in completing the assignment and then going beyond expectations to create something new and magical.

Frank Rocco’s figure and fashion photography images have been in multiple group exhibitions.
Solo show of abstract images in Martha’s Vineyard, June of 2017

Fashion Photography by Frank Rocco: