Irina Simeonova ?email@example.com
2003- Present Parsons School of Design, NY, NY Assistant Professor
Sophomore Studio Methods I, Design Core Courses. Teaching fashion concepts and techniques.
2001-Present Gibbs College, NY, NY/Norwalk/Farmington, CT
Program Director for Gibbs Norwalk Division in Fashion Design and Merchandising Teaching Classes of: Clothing Construction I and II; Pattern Drafting I and II; Fashion Design I and II; Portfolio Class; Fashion Sketch I and II.
Developed and started new Fashion Design and Merchandising Curriculum for Gibbs College, Norwalk and Farmington, as Program Director.
Built the program and successfully placed graduates in the industry. Developed Internship resource structures and conceptualized new PR strategies to promote Fashion Design and Merchandising in the New England area.
Researched the market trends in apparel Industry and evaluated that in comparison with other schools purchasing PDM Gerber system on campus will create stronger demand for Gibbs graduates in the market.
Created an interdisciplinary structure in the program to support faculty members in their communication and created creative and supportive environment for the team. Ensured additional training for all professors and re-enforced teacher’s circles. Built library and source textbooks for all courses, hired faculty, managed retention and student population. Created Fashion Shows and events for the school. Built Internship contacts. Marketed the program and created and established new image for the college. Constantly experimented with new teaching concepts and techniques in the classes. Opened and operated second campus in Farmington, CT
1999-2001 She's U Design LLC, N Y, NY
Designer-Co-Owner Responsibility as follow: trend forecasting, shopping for trends in Europe, Fabric research. Design from concept to finish product, directed sample room, supervising construction, fit and merchandising. Worked with PR Company on advertising campaigns and consulted with graphic designers on preparing a web site. Young and hip look. Bridge Outerwear, Dresses and Sportswear to Eveningwear. Traveling and supervising samples and production in Europe. These collections were feature on French Fashion TV
1996-Present .Absolute home design NY, NY and CT
Owner of Interior Design Studio, develop Projects for upscale residential and commercial markets nationally and internationally. Please check the website for full information. Develop a line of hand painted dinnerware "Dellapasha" that is sold by order only. Clients include the royal family from Morocco, Banker family from Ritz Tower, Jana Jaffe, the ambassador of Lebanon, multiple retail stores for Dr. Jay's, restaurants on Times Square, Upper West and East Side, Cephalonia, Greece.
1993-1997 Irina Simeonova Inc., NY, NY
Designer-Co-owner Responsibility as follow: color and fabric forecasting, design the entire line and to perfect the fit from sample to final product. Directed Design Sample room. Specs Flats, Presentation boards and illustrations. Collection sold through Dayton Hudson, Marshall Fields, and Holt Renfrew in Canada and Specialty Stores throughout the U.S. Bridge and Contemporary Sportswear and Career Dresses. Collection was sponsored by Marry McFadden financial group.
1992-1993 Due Per Due/ Baldanza N Y, NY
Assistant Designer. Primary Responsibility included fabrics and color research and forecasting and to perfect garment from fit to final product, Developed embroidery layouts. Directed sample room and prepared packages for Hong Kong Office. Designed secondary line of Blouses; Two plus Two.
Handled Private label projects for Bloomindales and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Contemporary Silk Line.
1991 Mary Mc Fadden Inc. N Y, NY
Designer/ Internship. Created Collections for her Couture Line Develop embroideries and Textile Designs, hand painted fabrics and Design for MMcF. Two years later the financial sponsor of their business financed her first US venture under Irina Simeonova label.
Revion, NY, NY 1992
Created Fur Collection for THE BOOK Couture line and sold in a format of high-end catalogue "Book". This Collection was created from one of a kind outerwear designs with reversible hand painted or beaded linings. Accessory line included.
Kelsy Group, NY, NY 1992-1995
Designed and supervised samples from design to production for high end Children's wear collection sold exclusively in Neiman Markus Stores.
EUROPEAN DESIGN EXPERIENCE
Pierro Cividini Milan, Italy 1989-1990 trough the Bulgarian company
Responsibility includes fabric research, color forecasting, Illustrations, design supervision of sample room. Textile and embroidery designs. Designer look, full Collection Sportswear sold in Italy and Europe boutiques and department stores.
Rila Style, Sofia Bulgaria 1981-1989
Head designer in women's wear division producing Collections sold in Italy, denim line sold in England under the label LEE COPPER, USA, Canada, France and Russia. Supervised 5 different divisions around the country.
B.S. in Fashion and Art School, Sofia Bulgaria
M.A. in Stage Design, Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria, Honor Student
Ph.D. in Fashion Design –2007 - Present
2005 New England Fashion + Design Association –founder and Co-Chair
2000 French Fashion TV featured Irina Simeonova Fashion Show for 6 months internationally
1999 International Fashion Week S/S 2000, runway under Irina Simeonova Label.
1995 First Prize Vidal Sassoon Competition; First Prize in International Competition in the United Nations-one hour fashion show to officially open the Fall 1995 Season
1990 First Prize in National Competition IDEA '90 for City Recreations, Sofia, Bulgaria
1983 First Prize in the National Competition for young fashion designers, published in "Lada" Fashion Magazine