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.


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