Our alumni are sought after as graduates with the expertise to enter the industry.
In the short time since graduating, Kaitlyn Doherty has won an international handbag contest, had her work featured in InStyle magazine and most recently, she was selected as a designer in residence as part of the new Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy's. Not bad for her first few months in the real-world.
During her time at PhilaU as a fashion design major, Doherty won various awards and held a few coveted internships. Her senior year, she was the first runner up and People's Choice Award at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market "Project OR" competition and won the Young Spirit Award for Excellence in Childrenswear at the 2011 Fashion Show.
"My four years at Philadelphia University have convinced me that this is one of the best fashion design programs, and I am proud to say I am an alumna," Doherty said. "I am so thankful to all of my professors for their advice and expertise."
While at PhilaU, she interned with both Macy's and Gypsystyle Bags and this past summer she interned with the Laboratory for Engineered Human Protection (LEHP) in a patternmaking and garment construction positions. Doherty is quickly making a name for herself and we're waiting to see what's next for her.
To view Kaitlyn's website where you can purchase here current designs, click here.
To read the most recent PhilaU Today article about Doherty's, click here.
Bianca DePietro and Rachel Wendling are the geniuses behind the new whimsy-inspired Bianca-Rachele fashion line. With recent shows of their 2012 spring line premiering in New York including collaborative work with PhilaU Textile Design alumni Katherine Labate '11, these designers embody the entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit that define the PhilaU Fashion Design program.
While at PhilaU, both Rachel and Bianca worked hard to establish themselves as designers, pushing design boundaries and creating exceptional work. Both designers won various awards while at PhilaU including the Frank Agostino Best Evening-Wear Award, which went to Rachel for her floor-length gowns featured at the 2010 Annual Fashion Show, and the first place award at the 2010 American Heart Association Red Dress Competition, which went to Bianca for her red dress design displayed in the Macy's display window as part of the American Heart Association's heart disease awareness campaign.
In addition to their awards both graduates were featured along with three fellow PhilaU graduates, Meg Dewey '10, Jillian Garvey '10 and Amanda Vereb '10 in a recently published book, Emerging Fashion Designers 2, which showcases the work of young, talented designers from around the country.
Meg Gallagher creates personalized wardrobes for a vast array of male and female clientele in LA, NYC and everywhere in between. Raised in Philadelphia and educated by the Fashion Design program at Philadelphia University, Meg credits much of her success to the direction and support she received from instructors in the program. The entrepreneurial foundation laid equipped Meg with a substantial amount of the know-how and ability to accomplish her dreams, both in the design world and as a successful business owner.
Graduating in 1993, Meg set her sights high and began her career in NYC. Employed as both a designer and design director, she spent the next decade styling collections, designing and traveling the world, all while wearing many fabulous pairs of shoes.
The next chapter of life took her in a new direction—creating a family and being a mom to two high-energy boys. She also took this time to refine her skills through the Image Consulting program at FIT, ultimately inspiring her to launch her new business in NYC: Meg Gallagher, Personal Stylist. She soon relocated to Los Angeles. Here, Meg has become an esteemed bi-coastal style source with a steady roster of devoted clients ranging from those in TV, film and music to architects and dedicated moms. Her warmth, organization, and forward style make it easy for clients to close the gap of who they are and who they want to be.
Meg embodies the entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary spirit that surrounds the PhilaU fashion programs. For an inside look into her world, visit her website.
Before starting her exciting career with Urban Outfitters in 2002, Gianna Cosentino '02 earned her degree at Philadelphia University as a fashion design major. She chose PhilaU because it offered her a chance to develop her own style without trying to force her talent into a category.
As a PhilaU student, Cosentino studied abroad in London, and in her final semester secured a technical position with Urban Outfitters. She advanced quickly and became a knit designer for Free People, a division of Urban Outfitters, Inc.
Cosentino really responds to freedom which Urban Outfitters allows their designers. She and other design professionals are given the freedom to find inspiration for their designs on their own. As a designer, Cosentino says she is constantly seeking new inspiration and remarks, "If I ever felt like I wasn't learning, I wouldn't be happy."
Cosentino is now the Design Director of Free People's New Romantics line. As a distinguished alumna, she has come full circle and is an inspiration to current PhilaU students. On October 13, 2012, Cosentino returned to campus to discuss design and product development as the first speaker in PhilaU's Fashion Alumni Lecture Series.
Jay McCarroll, a former student of Philadelphia University's fashion design program is now best known for winning the first season of Bravo's Project Runway. On February 16, 2005, millions watched as McCarroll won the ultimate prize.
Before winning project runway, McCarroll started his fashion education at Philadelphia University as a fashion design student. Today, he remains involved at the University as an instructor, teaching classes here and as a guest to critique for senior collections.
When asked about what draws him to come back to PhilaU, Jay remarks that "College is the only place I believe you can make pure vision, conceptual garments, weird stuff," he says. "It's great for me to come back and see what the students are doing."
Jay has since worked on designing products for QVC, his own line (which he is currently selling online…check it out) and competed and won the 7th season of Celebrity Fit club. What's next for Jay? We'll all just have to watch to find out!
Now a famed couture fashion designer and couturier, William Calvert '91 began his fashion training at Philadelphia University as a fashion design student.
In the years after he graduated from PhilaU, Calvert expanded his knowledge and explored his creativity by studying in Europe and working on the couture collections of Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Rochas. Gaining notoriety, he developed collections for Diane Von Furstenberg and consulted for Perry Ellis Women's Coats. Calvert began the development of his own couture empire in 1998.
His work has been acclaimed in a variety of publications from Time Magazine to Vogue. Women's Wear Daily hailed him as "the new entrepreneur" because of his dramatic and elegant designs. In 1999, Calvert was selected for the first Moet and Chandon Designer Debut; and, during the same year, received the Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International.
Recently, Calvert partnered with Melanie Fraser Hart to launch the Callula Lillibelle line of clothing, which now is showing its spring/summer 2012 line. Check it out at www.callulalillibelle.com.
To read the PhilaU today article highlighting Calvert's recent work, click here.
Ann Yee, a graduate of the PhilaU fashion design program has had her designs featured in various publications, from Women's Wear Daily to Elle Magazine. Her ready-to-wear women's fashions are known for their architectural edge and effortless drapery.
Although a native to Michigan, Ann's childhood trips to Hong Kong, her parent's native country, were her initial inspirations for entering the fashion industry. While studying at PhilaU in the Fashion Design program, she interned both in New York with designer Jill Stuart, and in London with Ebru Ercon.
Ann Yee was hand selected as one of Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion for Spring 2012 and presented her collection at New York Fashion Week. You can keep tabs on her exciting development at annyeecollection.com.