Instructor Spotlight: Michael Kaye

Michael Kaye is an award-winning designer with his own couture company and has privately dressed some of the international set most fashionable women. He is a graduate of FIT and has taught at the school since 2016. He has been featured in numerous fashion publications and his designs are in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as museums in Canada. Professor Kaye’s early years upon graduating were spent
working in various design positions from draper to assistant designer, to designer of his
own bridge dress line. In addition to owning his own couture company for the past 18 years, he also has a line of Men’s accessories including shirts, ties, bowties, pocket squares, and cufflinks.

Prof. Kaye teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
HAP 026 Sewing for Fashion Designers (11 & 12 grades only)
HAP 017 Introduction to Draping for Fashion Design (Level 2)

Teaching Philosophy:
I try to make the students realize that fashion is first and foremost a business. I impart my students with the knowledge they will need in order to be successful in this ever-changing industry. I try to enlighten the students with practical knowledge and insightful stories from my vast history in the garment center, as well as guide them to successful outcomes in their projects.


Most recent exhibitions:
FIT Staff exhibition -NEW VIEWS- March 2018 World Peace Tartan Gown
This Tartan was sanctioned by his Holiness The Dali Lama, and I was commissioned to design a gown in the tartan. This gown is to be donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.