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: 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: 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






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: