Instructor Spotlight: Daniel Silverstain

Daniel Silverstain, a former musician and record artist from Israel, is an accomplished designer whose design work spans from Calvin Klein to Philip Lim. He is a graduate of FIT. He discovered his passion for design on a trip to India where he practiced knitting, screen-printing, and jewelry making. Daniel began his design career in Israel 2007, serving as the Visual Merchandise Director for the Israeli branch of popular label KEDS. While an undergraduate, Daniel was selected to collaborate with the Danish-based fashion label Muuse, a fashion group that partners with emerging young designers around the world to produce their collections and sell them to the public. Early in his career, Daniel worked with the design teams of renowned fashion brands such as 3.1 Philip Lim, Calvin Klein Collection, and Elie Tahari.

Prof. Daniel Silverstain teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
HAR 016 Creating the Fashion Figure
HSX 084 Designing a Fashion Mini-Collection
JSX 013 Fashion Art: Faces and Figures 

Teaching Philosophy:
Fashion should be fun and inspiring. I believe working and doing what you love makes you feel like you are not working at all- I would love my students to experience just that. I encourage my students to feel inspired and create what they truly love. My job is to give each student the tools and skills that will enable them to achieve their dreams.
Industry Experience:
  • New York Fashion Week / Paris Fashion Week / Creative Director at KEDS / Designer at Calvin Klein Collection / Designer at Philip Lim / Genart Fresh Faces Winner / Vogue Italia and Muuse Most Promising Designer.
  • In 2013, Daniel was recognized by the CFDA “for his outstanding achievement in Womenswear Design,”  and awarded a member of the CFDA+.
  • Daniel has dressed top international artists such as Solange, Halsey, Michelle Monoghan, and Lady Gaga, was selected by Refinery 29 as one of the “8 new designers to bet on in 2015,” and chosen by Marie Claire as one of the “Best Emerging Designers for 2016.”
  • Daniel was selected to participate in the 20th Anniversary of GEN ART – Fresh Faces during New York Fashion Week, and was awarded by leading industry professionals as the winner of the Incubator Award with Gen Art.



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.


Instructor Spotlight: Gerard Dellova

Professor Gerard Dellova is a Design/Creative Director with proven retail success in Womens, Mens & Kids design/product development and execution for department stores, specialty stores, and company stores. Gerard is experienced in the entire design process from concept inception, fabric selection, spec creation, fit review, to final approval. He has been profiled in WWD, NY Times, People, and Washington Post. He contributed content to “Designing your Fashion Portfolio”; Fairchild 2013.

Professor Dellova teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
HAP 101 Your Career as a Fashion Designer

Teaching Philosophy:
I think early understanding of the real options in the fashion industry creates real enduring, happy careers! As I tell the students, the only stupid question is the one you do not ask! Asking questions opens doors and open doors are open minds! I like my students to leave me with a “Critical eye”, saying” is that good? New? Right? Or bad? Old?” I try to teach them creative problem solving, which as designers we do every day!

Industry experience:
GWheels, New York- Chief Creative Director
BARRY BRICKEN [CFDA member] New york-Director of Design and Merchandising
GO SILK, New York – Design and Creative Director
CORBIN, LTD., New York – Director of Design and Merchandising

Consulting for:
Trend House, Defyance, Li and Fung, Exclusively, Misook, Urban Samaritan

Professional Affiliations:
Fashion Group International – Publication Committee, 2001–2006. Writes and review fashion events.
Fashion News Network/Trends – Co VP, Co-chair: Trend Day, Executive committee

Work by Professor Dellova