Instructor Spotlight: Barbara Seggio

 

Barbara Seggio is an FIT Alum who worked in the industry as a Fashion Designer and Technical Designer. She has been teaching in the Fashion Design Department for over 25 years. Her area of expertise is apparel, and she teaches all levels of Sewing, Draping and Patternmaking. She is also the Evening/Weekend Adviser of the FD Department. Barbara has enjoyed teaching Precollege classes for 15 years and has taught FD courses in China as a visiting FIT Professor.

Prof. Seggio teaches:
HAP 017 Introduction to Draping for Fashion Design (Level 2)
HAP 025 Sewing for Fashion Designers (9 & 10 grades only)  
HAP 026 Sewing for Fashion Designers (11 & 12 grades only) 

Teaching Philosophy:
I give my students projects that encourage creativity and nurture their inane talent. I believe everyone has what it takes, all they need is patience and a guiding hand.

Prof. Seggio’s Achievements/Projects:
Barbara’s interest in Sustainable Fashion has revolutionized how Fashion Design students consider their environmental impact. Her pupils’ work has been featured at FIT’s annual Sustainability Conferences. She’s also proud to announce that she recently co-invented a nursing garment for a mother to wear while feeding her newborn baby. This product will protect the infant from accidental injury should the mother fall asleep.

Read about Prof. Seggio’s student in the article:
Emily Nieland’s Patchwork for Kids

Instructor Spotlight: Roza Mirakova

Prof. Roza Mirakova graduated with a B.S. in Production Management in 1996 from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

She is highly experienced in draping, sewing, and patternmaking. After working as a tutor for a while, she was inspired to teach and share her knowledge with others. She started to teach in 2015 at FIT and NYSD. Prof. Mirakova worked in various companies as a patternmaker/technical designer in childrenswear and womenswear for over 15 years.

 

Prof. Mirakova teaches:
HPM 070  Basic Patternmaking and Sewing I
HPM 071  Patternmaking and Sewing II 

Teaching Philosophy:
I focus on teaching with patience and clarity, and on passing my knowledge/experience to my students. It is very important for me to make the class interesting so that students enjoy their experience. I treat my class as one big team so everyone has fun in the process. I want my students to stay connected to me and each other as we all have one goal at the end of the day, to see our final product. At the end of the semester, I have students present their projects as a small fashion show presentation.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Liz Claiborne- Tech Designer
Everlast/Everex- Tech Designer
Diana Hartman- Production Patternmaker
Paris Suits by George Simonton- Production Patternmaker

Featured Work by Prof. Mirakova:

 

 

In the Halls: Jordan

Photo by Mahalia

 

Student: Jordan from Nutley, NJ

Program: Saturday Live Spring 2018

Precollege Course: HAR 087 Advanced Design Art Techniques 2

Describe your personal style?

Edgy, Grungy.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?

Starbucks or Prett.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?

I love getting the experience and meeting new people.

Who or what inspires you?

NYC’s diversity.

What do you want to do after you graduate from College?
I hope to be working in the Fashion Industry.

In the Halls: Imani

Photo by Mahalia

Student: Imani from NYC

Program: Saturday Live Spring 2018

Precollege Course: HIL 012 Drawing for Illustration

Describe your personal style?

I would say my personal style is girly, edgy, and fun!

Where do you go on your breaks from class?

I usually go to the vending machines or sometimes continue to work in class.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?

I love the diversity and everyone’s unique style.

Who or what inspires you?

My mom definitely inspires me to do the best that I can do.

What do you want to do after you graduate from College?
I want to launch my own collection and open a store.

Instructor Spotlight: Susanna Moyer

Susanna Moyer is a global leader in the fashion industry as well as an educator. She started her fashion design career in Paris working for Christian Dior then leading the design team at Olivier Lapidus. She returned to the US where she founded her namesake brand selling to Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom’s and 250 specialty stores. Since then, she has lead designs teams at Hickey Freeman, Liz Lange, Sigrid Olsen, Liz Claiborne and Xcel Brands. Susanna received her BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in NYC.

Website: fashionmentorship.com

Professor Moyer teaches:
HSX 085 Designing a Fashion Mini-Collection 
If you are interested in a career in fashion this course will help you explore the process and help you with your preparation to apply to the fashion design program at FIT.

Teaching Philosophy:
I love teaching and mentoring students to help them create their vision and follow their dreams. I am passionate about sharing my experiences with them and giving them the information they need to be successful as a fashion designer in the industry. Knowledge is power and with hard work we can achieve our dreams.

On Precollege Programs:
Teaching Precollege is so rewarding for me because I would have loved to have had the opportunity as a high school student to be exposed to FIT professors and the possibilities in the fashion industry. Precollege classes give students an early start to explore and develop their talents and dreams!

Awards/Publications:
Cotton Incorporated Innovator, IAF World Designer Award.
Work featured in: Italian Vogue, French Vogue, WWD, California Apparel News, Oprah Magazine, Instyle, DNR, Men’s Health, Forbes, and GQ.

Interview with Tim Gunn:

 Work by Susanna Moyer: