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Past Mentors 2016-17

Albert Wolsky Fitting

Albert Wolsky, is a two-time Academy Award winning costume designer for film and stage.  He is the recipient of the 2010 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Acheivement Award for Costume Design.  His costume design sketches can be seen in the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

Chris Chang Fitting

Chris Chang, Shanghai-based couture designer, is the founder and creative director of Poesia.  In May 2016, M.A.C. Cosmetics released a Chris Chang limited edition collection featuring the designer’s creative inspiration.

 

David Meister Fitting

David Meister is an LA-based couture womenswear designer.  Meister’s name is synonymous with sophisticated, beautiful, body conscious women’s wear and his list of devotees reads like a who’s-who in the world of fashion, entertainment, and the arts. Meister’s designs are a red carpet staple, gracing the bodies of some of the most recognized women in Hollywood including Sophia Bush, Diane Lane, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch, Queen Latifah, Fergie, Tina Fey, Amy Pohler, Sigourney Weaver, Jane Fonda and Sharon Stone – among many others. A popular television personality, Meister continues to be a regular on-air contributor to numerous news and entertainment programs including Access Hollywood, The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show, The Insider, E! News and E!’s Fashion Police, and Good Day LA. Meister’s fashions have graced the pages of InStyle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, O: The Oprah Magazine, People, More, and Glamour, and he has personally been profiled in Angeleno, LA Confidential, the Los Angeles Times, and WWD.

 

Zaid Affas Fitting

British designer Zaid Affas has been designing luxury clothes for over 20 years. Following positions directing the aesthetics of labels that include PORTS1961 and Ralph Lauren, the Los Angeles based designer launched his eponymous brand in 2014. Having lived in cities around the globe, his work is a convergent mix of polarities; a dialogue between natural, organic shapes and crisp, urban engineering. Silhouettes are presented in a conceptual format that breaks ties with the traditional and explores the transformative nature of intricate tailoring. The British designer is responsible for some of the most buzzed-about celebrity looks of 2016, dressing everyone from Kylie Jenner to Tracee Ellis Ross to Kate Hudson. And his celebrity roster continues to grow.

 

Claire Pettibone Fitting

Claire Pettibone is an LA-based couture bridal, lingerie, and jewelry designer, described by the Los Angeles Times as a “style maven” with a proven cult following according to Say Yes to the Dress’ Randy Fenoli. She is co-owner and co-founder of the Claire Pettibone Collection.    THE CLAIRE PETTIBONE COLLECTION embodies the designer’s vision of vintage romance with an enchanted bohemian spirit. Since launching the company with her husband, Guy Toley, in 1994, the self-described true romantic has brought her feminine sensibility to fashion. The company and Flagship Salon is housed in The Castle, a historic Los Angeles landmark built in 1928.

 

Red Carter Fitting

Red Carter resort and swim wear designer has developed a luxury brand that has caught the attention of fashion trendsetters including stylists, editors, and celebrities such as Beyoncé, The Kardashians, Christina Aguilera, Heidi Klum and Lea Michele. The brand has also received beautiful reviews from top tier fashion publications like Elle, Instyle, Shape, Sports Illustrated, People Style Watch, WWD and many more. It has become a favorite amongst international bloggers and models including Rachel Brathen, Sazan Hendrix, Jasmine Tosh, Nichole Ciotti, Courtney Trop, Gigi Hadid and Chanel Iman.  The brand is sold at upscale boutiques and major department stores nationwide including Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Shop Bop, Anthropologie and Everything But Water.  It is also available in key retailers throughout the UK.

 

Illia Fitting

John Murrough, is a South African designer and co-owner of LA-based illia, a contemporary leather sportwear collection for women.  The label is inspired by the multi-faceted city of Los Angeles and captures the effortless and confident nature of the modern Angeleno in a sophisticated blend of leather and mixed media elements. illia is found locally and nationally at select premium boutiques in every major city as well as Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, Calypso St. Barth, and more

 

Michi Fitting

Michelle Watson is a Canadian designer and the founder and creative director for performance and luxurious high-end fashion sportswear brand, Michi. As the original innovator of edgy mesh insert and multi-strap sports bras, micromesh paneled performance leggings, and activewear cut-outs, MICHI’s classy fashion forward pieces are an ode to superheroines. The utilitarian active lifestyle brand has been featured in fashion and fitness magazines such as Vogue, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Self, Fitness, Runner’s World and more.

 

Universal Sketch Selection

Marisol Gerona-Bradford ('93) is an American designer and VP of Design & Development at NBC Universal Consumer Products.  NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses.  In 2003, Marisol cofounded and was the creative director of couture RAW 7.  Inspired by a love of urban art, RAW 7's couture designs revamped cashmere's image from traditional to avant-garde and street chic.

 

Jessica Simpson Fitting

Cory Casella is a swimwear designer at Jessica Simpson Lifestyle Collection. The Jessica Simpson Lifestyle Collection is currently available in over 3,000 points of distribution globally.

 

Photography by Christian Alvarez