Meet Our Instructors


They have gone through the process of finding their way in the fashion world and know what it takes.  They are committed to giving back and nurturing the next generation of designers.  


Joseph Giampietro

Joseph has knowledge in design, trend and color forecasting, Photoshop, Illustrator, CAD, and flat sketches. For 9 years, he worked as a designer for Macy’s Merchandising Group. Starting as Assistant Designer for Macy’s Alfani and Alfani Red Sportswear, Joseph climbed his way up to Senior Brand Designer. Joseph holds a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design.

Ester Adams

Ester brings 10 years of experience making high-end, custom fitting clothing patterns. In addition, she has 17 years of knowledge in Gerber Accumark System, grading techniques, production techniques, and patternmaking. Ester holds a BA in Production Management and AAS in Patternmaking from Fashion Institute of Technology.

Roza Mirakova

Roza has been teaching for over 15 years and particularly enjoys helping individual students in a small group setting.  She also teaches at Fashion Institute of Technology in the Technical Design and Production Management Department.  In addition to her teaching duties, she is a freelance designer and patternmaker at Roza’s Fashion.  She has previously worked at Liz Claiborn, Haddad, and Diana Hartman.  She holds a bachelor's degree from Fashion Institute of Technology in Production Management in Apparel.

Sandra Perdomo

Sandra has a background in apparel/shoe design, fashion illustration, visual merchandising, and fashion show production. For 8 years, she worked as Art Director at Doris Weston, Inc., Color & Fashion Trend Studio. In addition, Sandra has worked for more than 20 years as a freelancer for Coach/Mark Cross, Gap, Banana Republic, and London Fog. Sandra holds a BFA in Fashion Illustration from Parsons School of Design and Central St. Martins School of Art in London, England.


James Simon

James holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Art from The Herron School of Art, Indiana University at Indianapolis. He has lived in New York City since 1987 and started in the fashion industry by doing hand painted prints for Nicole Miller. James later became co-owner of a Purple Thum Design for about a year then did typography and layout for Housner Printing and Design. Since 1997, he is a graphic designer for Design Works International is also now an instructor of Visual Communication Studio, Digital: Flats & Specs and Digital: Illustration at Parsons School of Design.

Kellyn Leveton

Kellyn has been in the fast-paced fashion industry for over 15 years, working her way from Assistant Designer up to Design Director. Over the course of her career, she’s had the opportunity to do a lot - from reviving iconic brands like Bill Blass to creating new ones for Adam Levine. Above all else, she prides herself in being a doer. She loves nothing more than partnering with an amazing team that gets things done.

After several fast-paced years developing both the men's and women's Adam Levine lines for KMart, she is currently consulting and freelancing. Her most recent work includes designing for Isaac Mizrahi for QVC, Jos.A.Banks, and uniform design for brands such as Hertz and Huntington Bank.

Giovanni Palumbo

Equally passionate in his love for New York City and fashion, Giovanni Palumbo is thrilled to be teaching with NYSD.  In class, he emphasizes the practical skills students will need to excel in the workplace, drawing on his background in fabric research and development at Urban Outfitters as well as experience in color, sourcing and product development for other brands.  He completed his A.S. in Textile Marketing and Development at the Fashion Institute of Technology and B.A. in English at Montclair State University. In his free time, he enjoys learning new languages, cooking, art and design.

Anna Philip

Anna Philip is a Swedish born Fashion Designer whom came to NY in the early 1990 to purse her carrier as a designer after graduating from fashion school in Los Angeles. Through her 20 + year’s experience, she has worked in all aspects of design, most recently as a men’s wear designer with previous experience in women’s and children’s design. Her experience spans from original concept development to final production including pattern making, product development and creative direction. During her tenure at Polo Ralph Lauren, she held the position as Senior Design Director of the men’s knitwear department, the largest division of the company. Previous to Ralph Lauren, Anna worked for Calvin Klein, Marithe´& François Girbaud and Kenneth Cole. Her experience spans from working locally with domestic vendors to overseas production. She always wanted to share her knowledge and enjoys her new endeavor as an instructor very much. In addition to teaching, Anna currently works as a consultant in the Fashion Industry. Since 2015 Anna has been teaching at Parsons School of Fashion in subjects ranging from concept development, flat sketching and a variety of construction courses; Sewing, Draping, Patternmaking and AAS seniors Construction 3 classes. During the summer semester she has been teaching the intensive courses in PreCollage Academy, Fashion Sewing and Construction for high school students, and Fashion Design for middle school students.

Anthony Catanzaro

Anthony Catanzaro has worked as a costume designer for 16 year. He comes to us with background in pattern making, draping, hand knitting, and beading. He has worked as a costume designer for numerous companies including Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, Go! Entertainment, Alton PR and Production, and TOSOS Theatre Company. Anthony holds a BBA in Business Administration from St. John’s University and is completing an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons The New School of Design.

BBA in Business Administration, St. John’s University, New York.

Susanna Moyer

Susanna Moyer is a Part-Time Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design. Her experience in the fashion industry in both women's and menswear has led her to work for a number of high profile brands including Christian Dior, Sigred Olsen, Liz Claiborne and Hickey Freeman as well as her own namesake brand. Her collection was sold to Neiman Marcus and 250 specialty stores.  She has worked in Paris, Italy, Los Angeles and New York.

She currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Design and Creative Director for Xcel Brands where she leads a team of 18 that work on H Halson, IMNYC Isaac Miztrahi and Highline Collective. Susanna also consults with start up designers who are creating new brands and collection for the market. Susanna is a visiting professor at the American University in Paris. She teaches an intensive module program for graduate students with a focus on ethical and sustainable design.

Susanna graduated from Parsons School of Design and is currently a candidate in the Global Fashion Management Masters of Professional Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Elizabeth Torres

Elizabeth has been a part-time Parsons faculty member in the School of Fashion since 1997. She has previously been an adjunct faculty member at Fashion Institute of Technology. She currently works as a freelance CAD designer and stylist specializing in textile design. Her clients have included Calvin Klein, Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Philip van Heusen- Bass, Banana Republic, and Jones Apparel Group. She received her Associate’s degree in Textile Design from the Pratt Institute and her B.S. degree from The New School for Public Engagement.


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