Instructor Spotlight: Mallorie Dunn

Mallorie Dunn

Mallorie Dunn is a graduate of the FIT Fashion Design Program. She additionally has a degree in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute. Post graduation, Mallorie worked in corporate fashion design in the Juniors sector, before switching to freelance work, and then launching her own business in Spring 2014 – SmartGlamour. Her work has appeared and she has been quoted in numerous publications including Oxygen, WSJ, PBS, Buzzfeed, UpWorthy, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, TeenVogue, Huffington Post, Forbes, and more.

See Mallorie’s small business SmartGlamour here, and her full portfolio here.

Watch video: Mallorie Dunn is Transforming Body Positive Fashion – In Progress | Oxygen:

Mallorie Dunn is Transforming Body Positive Fashion - In Progress | Oxygen

Instructor Spotlight: Kevin Tung


Kevin TKevin Tungung is a graduate of the FIT Fashion Design program & Precollege at FIT. During his time at FIT, he studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and interned at Milly. Post-graduation, Kevin has had a diverse background in designing for companies like Milly, Aeropostale, Catherine Malandrino, T Tahari, and is currently an Associate Designer at White House Black Market. With his rich and current experience in working with fashion companies, Kevin is eager to share his journey with young designers who want to follow the fashion design path.

Teaching Philosophy:
“I aspire to give students a path to become successful fashion designers. I want them to learn creative problem-solving skills like how designers communicate and create businesses from trends & culture. I want to ignite a passion for fashion and foster an environment where students are encouraged to share their ideas & network. Through engaging course material, students will take away lifelong skills & connections that will help them succeed in their careers.”


Instructor Spotlight: Kathlin Argiro

Kathlin Argiro

Passionate about sharing her experience as a fashion designer and entrepreneur,
Kathlin is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of
Technology. A mentor to countless students, Kathlin has been selected to lead high
profile projects for First Lady Michelle Obama and for the Charles James exhibition at
the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. She also was included in an elite
group of professors to develop special fashion programs for ZSTU, a prestigious fashion University in China.

A frequent speaker on fashion entrepreneurship, Kathlin has been a panelist at NYU,
Fordham University – Gabelli School of Business, Mount Holyoke, Fashion 2.0,
Womensphere, Ladies Who Launch, and The Washington Fashion Group. She is also a
mentor at XRC Labs, an accelerator for the next generations of disruptors in retail and
consumer goods at Parsons School of Design and DENYC’s mini MBA program for
fashion entrepreneurs at F.I.T.

After graduating with honors from Parsons School of Design, Kathlin honed her
knowledge of couture dressmaking techniques while working for top eveningwear
designers Arnold Scaasi and Carmen Marc Valvo. She currently consults with start up
fashion brands providing design, sourcing, production, and operations support.
Kathlin Argiro Collection dresses have been featured on the TODAY SHOW, THE VIEW
and What Not to Wear. In addition, they have been featured regularly in top national

The Kathlin Argiro Collection is a favorite amongst celebrities including style guru Stacy
London of What Not to Wear, the Today Show’s Katie Couric and Meredith Viera, and
Melissa Rivers for E Entertainment’s Red Carpet Oscars Show.


Instructor Spotlight: Jacqueline Quinn

Jacqueline Quinn is a fashion designer born in Dublin, Ireland, who moved to New York City 25 years ago. Jacqueline’s alma mater is the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design in Dublin, and she is currently studying to get her Master’s in Fashion and Fine Arts. Diverse in her background both creatively and artistically, Jacqueline has been the head designer for DKNY dresses and was most recently the creative director and designer for Betsey Johnson. She is currently designing her own collection, “Jackie.” Jacqueline cites the iconic Jackie Kennedy as a major style influence and is working on a book outlining Jackie Kennedy’s fabrications and fashion influences.


Jacqueline Quinn teaches:
HSX 096 A Week in the Life of a Fashion Designer

Teaching Philosophy:
I love sharing the knowledge I have gained over the last 25 years of being in the fashion industry. I enjoy guiding my students and enabling them to use all of their creativity. I love seeing the authentic and ongoing learning process that develops into inspiration, creativity, and success.

Industry Experience:

  • Head Designer for Perry Ellis, Bill Blass, and DKNY dresses
  • Creative Director and Designer for Betsey Johnson
  • Styled for the Grammys in 2012 and 2013

Work by Jacqueline Quinn:

Instructor Spotlight: Eileen Karp

Eileen Karp began her fashion design career as a creative designer of loungewear and sportswear. She founded a business designing an exclusive maternity line whose designs sold to Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. She is a graduate of the FIT Fashion Design program, as well as the Textiles and Clothing program at North Dakota State University. She moved into various aspects of creative design and related positions primarily in the cut & sewn knitted and woven sportswear areas. Concurrently, she began teaching as an adjunct at FIT–SUNY and became a full-time professor in the Fashion Design Department in 2007. In 2008, she completed a Master’s Degree in Education from California State University East Bay. She developed a new interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science program in Technical Design at FIT that has grown steadily. In January 2014, Eileen became the Chairperson of the Fashion Design Department in FIT’s School of Art and Design.

Prof. Karp teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
HAP 026 Sewing for Fashion Designers
HAP 017 Introduction to Draping for Fashion Design (Level 2)

Teaching Philosophy:
The practice of fashion design constantly evolves and advances through exposure, exploration, and experimentation. Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” To prepare my students for success in this creative field and for life, it is incumbent upon me to develop in them a strong foundation that they know how to tap when, occasionally, the creative well runs dry. I have an obligation to weave into students the ability to be adaptable, flexible, and open.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:

  • Over 30 years of experience in creative design, patternmaking, fashion business, technical design at all price points and types of industry experiences.
  • Showed two original works in the annual “New Views” FIT Art & Design School Faculty Exhibit in 2016/2017.