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.  


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.

Anthony Catanzaro

Anthony has worked as a costume designer for 16 years. He comes to us with a 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 School of Design.

Marcia DiLiberto

Marcia holds a bachelor's degree from Empire State College and has formal training in fashion design at Traphagan School of Fashion Design in Manhattan. Her career in the fashion industry began with Pierre Cardin as an Associate Designer in the sportswear division after which she freelanced for several years in various markets including children's wear, misses, junior sportswear, maternity, bathing suits and uniforms. Her own label, which was available in specialty stores and boutiques around the country won her recognition in WWD. Prior to joining the BFA department at Parsons School of Design in 2002, Marcia was a faculty member in the Continuing Education Fashion Department since 1994, and continued to teach fashion and design related courses at various other Manhattan colleges.

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.

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.


Lorenzo Rizzo

Lorenzo has been working in the fashion industry for 8 years. After graduating from Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence he began working as a men’s knitwear designer at Ermanno Scervino. Since that time he has worked on lines such as William Rast and Mango. He worked with Karl Lagerfeld as a Design Consultant for the men’s and women’s collections. Lorenzo is an amazing illustrator and is an expert in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Kim Shui

Kim was raised in Rome, Italy and graduated from Duke University with a double major in Economics and French. She then studied Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design in New York and Central St. Martins in London. After working with designers such as Christian Siriano, Rick Owens and Helmut Lang, she launched her own line in 2013. Kim’s designs have been featured in Vogue Italia, Marie Claire, Elle Italia, among many more.  She is the recipient of the prestigious International Talent Support Competition and Samsung Galaxy Award. In February 2016 she was selected as one of the VFILES Runway winners and made her debut at New York Fashion Week.

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.

Christina Trupiano

Christina has been working as a full-time Patternmaker for 7 years. She has extensive experience in draping, patternmaking, sourcing and construction. Christina currently works as the in-house patternmaker at Mara Hoffman, making patterns from sketches for overseas production. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Louisiana State University and a Post Graduate Degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design.


Connie Wong

Hong Wong, who also goes by Connie Wong, is an experienced Patternmaker and has been teaching Patternmaking, Draping, and Construction at Parsons since 2002. Hong studied at FIT and specializes in evening wear, women's ready to wear, draping, and design. 


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