Instructor Spotlight: Michael Kaye

Professor Michael Kaye comes to teaching with 29 years experience in New York’s Garment Industry.  A graduate of FIT Professor Kaye has taught both lower and upper division classes as well as Precollege courses since 2016.  An award-winning designer, 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 his native country.  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.  For the past 18 years, he has had his own Couture company where he privately dresses some of the international set most fashionable women. He also has a line of Men’s accessories including shirts, ties, bowties, pocket squares, and cufflinks.

Prof. Kaye teaches:
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.  There
are bottom lines and expectations that must be met.  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. And guide them to successful outcomes in the various
class projects we complete.


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. The plan is for this gown to be donated to Victoria and
Albert Museum in London England.


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