Instructor Spotlight: James Daugherty

James Daugherty is an Adjunct Instructor in the Fashion Design Art department in the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Mr. Daugherty has taught Precollege at FIT since 2003 and studied fashion design at Chouinards School of Design and Motion Pictures Studios.

Mr. Daugherty teaches HAR 016: Fashion Art for Fashion Designers and HAR 122 Designing for Entertainers for Precollege Programs.

On Precollege Programs: 

My favorite thing about Precollege is working with my students. 

Industry Experience (Just to name a few…):

  • Sketch Artists for Bill Blass, Anne Klein, and Liz Claiborne
  • Designer’s Assistant for Pat Sandler
  • Designer for Jerry Silverman
  • Designer for my own company with Ben Shaw







Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, the elder of two daughters of United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson!!!


Letters from EDITH HEAD !!!!!!!!


1957 Letter of Recommendation from VINCENTE MINNELLI!!!!!!

Instructor Spotlight: Christopher Uvenio

Christopher Uvenio is a Professor for Fashion Design – Art in the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Professor Uvenio has taught at FIT since 2005  and received an AAS in Performing arts from Suny Purchase, and his AAS and BFA degrees in Fashion Design from FIT. Advanced training includes Polimoda in Florence,  Italy, and Esmond in Paris, France.

Professor Uvenio has taught such courses as HAR 016 Fashion Art for Fashion DesignersHAR 091 Anatomy of Fashion, and HSX 095: Costume and Couture Rendering for Precollege Programs at FIT.

Professor Uvenio’s  Teaching Philosophy:

I love to bring the expertise that I learn from the industry to the classroom at FIT. I want students to learn what I went through so I treat my students as designers, not students, and I’m their art director.

On Precollege Programs:

I admire students at a young age who are willing to learn about the fashion industry. I enjoy watching the students find themselves and lean how to draw and improve themselves.

Additional Comments/Advice:

Be dramatic! The audience will love you. Forever.

Industry Experience:

Bob Mackie, Anna Sui, Todd Olden, Whithall + Shon, Valentino, Lily Achatz Couture, Cullen Knitswear, CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, Isaac mizrahi


  • Designer of the Year, CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful 2000
  • Designer for film Romy and Michele’s High school Reunion, 1997
  • Designer for Ballroom Fever, PBS
  • Over 20 publications including Italian Vogue (2009), ReFresh (cover, 2010), OHLALA Paris (2010), Italia Umo (2009), L’Uomo Vogue (2009), Official Hoomes (2009), Beautiful Magazine (2008), Fantasticsmag (2009), Wall to Wall Darkness Magazine (2011)
  • Book Contributions: “Dark Angels” by Joseph Sinclair and “Portfolio Presentation for Fashion Designers” by Linda Tain (3rd Edition)

Upcoming News:

  • Website coming…
  • Music Fashion Video in the works…
  • Menswear collection for Fall 2012 “Wicked Glamour”
  • Womenswear collection for Fall 2012 “Wicked Glamour”
  • Working on a Coffee table book of design photographs






Instructor Spotlight: Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert is an patternmaking, sewing and draping Instructor in the Technical Design department in the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Ms. Gilbert has taught at FIT since 2004  and received her  BS in Consumer and Family Studies from SUNY Buffalo. In addition, she holds two AAS degrees from FIT in Fashion Buying and Merchandising and Patternmaking. In addition, she is a Freelance pattern-maker and samplemaker of doll clothes and stuffed animals for a McCalls Pattern Company.

Ms. Gilbert teaches HPM 067: Manual Patternmaking and Sewing for Precollege Programs on Sundays at FIT.


Ms. Gilbert’s  Teaching Philosophy:

Everyone has creative potential. I love sharing my passion for sewing and patternmaking with my students. 

On Precollege Programs: 

Meeting wonderful people who want to learn about patternmaking and sewing is what I enjoy most about Precollege Programs.  I like to see the expression on my students faces as they put on a garment they actually made themselves.  It is a very powerful feeling.

I find Pre-college students to be very motivated and energetic.  They radiate that energy to me and it inspires me to be my very best.

Industry Experience:

  • Freelance pattern-maker and samplemaker of doll clothes and stuffed animals for a McCalls Pattern Company
  • Computer and manual pattern-maker for outerwear, children’s wear and sleepwear
  • I create custom handmade dolls, doll clothes and stuffed animals on an individual basis
  • I teach and tutor at FIT in the subjects of manual and computer patternmaking, draping and sewing



Instructor Spotlight: Jamie Ross

Jamie Ross is an Adjunct Professor for Fashion Merchandising Management in the School of Business and Technology at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Professor Ross has taught at FIT since 2007  and received her AAS in Fashion Buying and Merchandising and her BS in International Trade and Marketing from FIT. She has been quoted in Elle magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Crains, and USA Today among others and has appeared on segments of Good Morning America and CNN.

Professor Ross teaches HFM 064: The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising for Precollege Programs at FIT.

Ms. Ross’  Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in teaching students the current reality of the fashion industry and the tools and resources I use everyday. I like to create a very positive atmosphere for the students where they can feel free to express themselves and encourage and interract with others. Field trips and hands on projects further enhance the experience.

On Precollege Programs:

I find teaching the Precollege programs to be an extremely rewarding and humanistic way to give back to the industry at the earliest level. I give the Precollege students a tremendous amount of credit for being motivated to get an early start on their college education, along with attending high school. Their enthusiasm motivates me to share as much as possible.

Industry Experience:

  • September 2000 – Present
    Creative Director
  • April 1999 – Sept. 2000
    J.C.PENNEY CO., New York, NY
    Fashion Specialist (and previously with JCP from 1989-1992)
  • April 1994 – Nov. 1997
    Fashion Stylist
Recent/Upcoming Shows/Exhibitions:
  • March 22 and April 26 2012 – Miami and Europe Street Scenes Presentations at Doneger Offices
  • December 2011 – Margit Symposium at FIT
  • June 2011 – HBA Beauty Expo – Spoke on Bergdorf Goodman monitored panel about new trends in the beauty industry

Instructor Spotlight – Janet Esquirol

Janet Esquirol is an Adjunct Instructor for Communication Design in the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Ms. Esquirol has taught at FIT since 2007  and received her BA Fine Art (Majors: Design and Print Making) at Connecticut College and her MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design. Ms. Esquirol also obtained a Certificate in Arts & Technology from Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College; a prestigious fellowship program.

Ms. Esquirol teaches HAD150: Computer Basics for Magazine Design for Precollege Programs at FIT.



Ms. Esquirol’s  Teaching Philosophy:

My greatest joy has been to see my students’ awards, career achievements, and publishing successes. I credit my students’ success to their hard work. They have told me that their success is in part thanks to my straight forward teaching style, guiding them through the comprehensive, highly technical, ever-changing tools of their trade. I believe that all aspects of an education in design can be made accessible. In the classroom, clarity breeds excitement and the motivation to work hard. I encourage my students to create design projects that they will want to execute. Every idea is within reach. When students hesitate to bring a great idea to fruition because ‘I don’t know how to use a database’ or ‘my Adobe Illustrator
skills are weak,’ I remind them that we do not design to the technology, we use technology to produce our design.

On Precollege Programs:

Precollege students are such a blast – they don’t seem to ever experience ‘artistic – block’ or general creative frustrations! Every summer the Precollege students astound me with their ambition and determination. The maturity level I see in critique in the Precollege Program at FIT truly impresses me – it gives me goosebumps imagining the fantastic work they will all go on to do in their future careers!! 

Additional Info:

Janet is the Principal of Esquirol©, a design studio specializing in art direction that simplifies the design process for clients, so they can feel free to create & dream towards the future. Janet specializes in advertising, publishing, motion graphics and user interface design. She remains involved in the design world through various professional memberships & networking events, and adjunct faculty positions.

“I am a design educator; expert lecturer and studio teacher. Over the past 7 years, I have had the privilege of being an adjunct faculty member at prestigious institutions in New York City, such as FIT, Pratt & Parsons.”

Recent & Upcoming Shows/Exhibitions:

  • 2006-Members Show, East End Arts Council Riverhead, NY
  • 2005-“Fields” East End Arts Council Riverhead, NY
  • 09-12 (2 annual exhibits) SUNY FIT President’s Gallery Faculty Shows, NYC
  • 2008-Air Gallery, Brooklyn {DUMBO} NY

Industry Experience:

Art Director: 2001-2002
DAN’S PAPERS (weekly Newspaper), Bridgehampton, NY

Senior Graphic Designer: 1999-2001
BZ PRODUCTIONS (full service Ad Agency), East Providence, RI

Principal; Art Director: 2001-Present
ESQUIROL (Boutique Design Studio) New York City