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Master Class Series Descriptions

CEO 210 Fashion Licensing
If you’re considering licensing as a way to extend your brand, this course is a must. Review with a pro all aspects of the relationship between licensee and licensor including the risks and rewards for both parties. Learn how to investigate a potential partner (and how they will evaluate what you have to offer). A well-crafted licensing program will maintain your brand image and make money for the licensee. Understand the role of copyright and trademarks— here and in any countries where your brand may be sold. Leave with a clear understanding of all of the terms detailed and defined in the licensing agreement such as “guaranteed minimum sales” and “royalties.”

Instructor: Jeanette Nostra, Board member and former president, G-III Apparel Group

SXN 130 How to Think Like Your CFO: A Behind the Scenes Look at Fashion's Bottom Line with Lawrence De Paris
Spend the day participating in a reality-based enactment, coached by a veteran fashion CFO to strengthen your knowledge of the business side of fashion. First learn about Cashuall, Ltd. This multi-channel fashion company is up for sale and it could be a great acquisition! It's a hot line and there's continuous celeb-related buzz in the fashion press. Do you run for it or run the other way? Then learn how to put all of the number pieces together, talk the finance talk with confidence, and make decisions that are fiscally sound. Work in teams learning how to assess Cashuall's health, identify risk factors, and brainstorm about the important measurements necessary to deciding if you should buy the company. Participants gain a proper appreciation for financial elements such as balance sheets, cash flow, key performance indicators, and inventory management, plus much more. Transform your ability to make decisions in your own work whether you are on the creative side or business side through this custom-designed FIT seminar.

Instructor: Lawrence De Paris, president and CEO Nat Nast Luxury Originals, former CEO/President, CFO, Escada and SVP & CFO, Calvin Klein.

SXN 200 Customs Brokers License Exam Preparation Course
This 20-week specialized training course, taught by a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker, is designed for individuals who plan to take the U.S. Customs Brokers License Exam. Acquiring a U.S. Customs Brokers License is strategically advantageous for anyone in an international trade career path and is an asset when competing for management positions in international trade departments and global manufacturing, customs brokers firms, or global transportation companies. While studying the chapters in the U.S. Customs Regulations Text and the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), learn about the various import regulations enforced by the U.S. government, including country of origin, required documentation, valuation, duty drawback, tariff classification, markings, entry summary procedures, broker's responsibilities, tariff preference programs and much more. Practice exams are administered and reviewed in detail during class meetings. Students learn unique techniques to utilize their time more efficiently while taking the Customs Brokers License Exam.
Required: The latest editions of the HTSUS Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and U.S. Customs Regulations CFR 19 (approximately $200 each). Do not purchase prior to first class discussion about affordable alternatives.

Instructor: Shireen Musa, assistant professor, International Trade and Marketing; MBA, Saint Peter's College; licensed U.S. Customs Broker; international trade and global sourcing expert.

SXN 300 Fashion Design Studio with Caroline Simonelli
Professional fashion designers elevate artistry and technical skills to couture level. Start with mood boards and customer muse profiling and progress through the entire creative process employed by creator designers the croquis book, final sketches, and swatch selection. Go from moulage making to muslins and toiles to show a worthy garment. Fit techniques, luxury fabric sewing, and couture finishing is stressed. Final segment covers how to define a recognizable label and build a brand. More advanced students make toiles and more than one garment.

Enrollment is limited to 16, professional designers only. Portfolios and/or sample work must be brought to first session. Some additional expense for necessary materials.

Required supply list: fabric scissors (Steinlauf and Stoller), paper scissors (staples), plastic french curve (sil thread), hip curve (sil thread), vary form curve (sil thread), 18x2 plastic/clear ruler (sil thread), magic tape (staples) - must be able to write on it, dot numbered pattern paper (Steinlauf and Stoller), pack of sewing needles for industrial machine (sil), steel bobbin case for industrial machine (sil), 3-5 steel bobbins (sil), mechanical pencil, eraser, superfine steel pins (sil) finer = better, budget $20-$50 for toile and thread, budget $50-200 for final garment, notions and thread, hand sewing needles, tracing transfer paper (Steinlauf), tracing wheel (super sharp kind from Steinlauf), tailor chalk (Steinlauf), sketchbook (art store), cotton padding for dress forms, 30" opening both ends jacket zipper, tape measure, steel ruler - 45 inches, L-shape ruler, #2 pencils black and red and blue, 20"x30" foam core board, fashion magazines - any year, rubber cement.

Optional Supplies: 6x1 plastic/clear ruler (sil thread), notcher (steinlauf), disappearing ink pen (sil), felt tips pens in black, green, red, blue pin cushion (magnetic or corsage), notebook, colored pencils/markers.

Instructor: Caroline Simonelli, Adjunct Instructor, Fashion Design-Apparel, couture designer and critic.

SXN 322 Beginning Fashion Drawing Studio with Steven Broadway
Don't let lack of training hold back your fashion ideas. Learn the basics of drawing the fashion figure using photo references in this studio designed to teach novices line drawing and progress from drawing real life body proportions, both male and female, into stylized fashion figures. Figure proportion, poses, faces, hands, feet, and basic garment shapes and details will be covered with simple exercises. Includes some live model drawing. Excellent for portfolio development and as preparation for SXN 324 and 325.

Bring to first session: 14" x 17" Semi-transparent marker pad, 4h drawing pencil, assorted double tipped Prismacolor brand magic markers, Prismacolor brand color pencils, Xtra-fine and medium tipped black Sharpie brand markers, Folder with favorite magazine images to draw from: Poses, faces, clothing and accessories, fabric swatches to render in your designs, any previous fashion artwork for critique. Class limited to 15.

Instructor: Steven Broadway, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design-Art; figurative artist; fashion and costume illustrator.

SXN 324 Fashion Drawing Studio II with Steven Broadway
Experienced artists rediscover your passion for drawing, or if you have completed SXN 322, draw male and female fashion models in a variety of media. Explore and further develop your personal artistic expression and your enthusiasm for fashion. Experience plenty of live demos and visual references to stimulate your creativity, particularly if you are in the fashion biz and working in CAD most of the time. This course is not for beginners.

Bring to first session: 14" x 17" semi-transparent marker pad, assorted markers and color pencils and gouache, should you want to paint. Bring any recent work for evaluation. Additional materials expenses approximately $25.

Instructor: Steven Broadway, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design-Art; figurative artist; fashion and costume illustrator.

SXN 350 55A Design Your Own Fabric Using Museum Art for Inspiration
Artists, designers and stylists immerse yourself in the process of fabric design working with an FIT design expert and utilizing museum art for inspiration. Begin by learning how to spot the best ideas and concepts for trend-worthy fabrication. Visit world famous NYC museums and capture concepts through use of sketches, digital photography and visual aids. In follow up studio sessions, edit your ideas and execute them into renderings for apparel or home fashion-fabric working with a choice of mixed media. Topics and activities include layout, color and painting techniques that result in work to add to or start an industry standard portfolio.

Open to 16 participants. Paper and some material provided. Transportation and lunch is not included in course fee.

Bring to first session: 1 Windsor & Newton primary color gouache kit, a 6 well palette and one number 4 round nylon water colorbrush.

Workshop leader: Eric Ramirez, associate professor, Textile/Surface Design, Textile/Product designer, home furnishing's and apparel.

SXN 420 55A Trade Shows: The Purpose, the Benefits, and the Rewards
Whether your business is events, manufacturing or retail, this one-day program provides insider information on how to maximize trade shows as a competitive tool and growth strategy. Learn to evaluate existing shows targeted to fashion market needs to determine which are the best investment of time and money and which are most likely to provide you with contacts, trend direction and opportunities. How to best use shows for sales growth, customer networking, as well as investigate what your competition is up to is included. For those in events services, a special segment concentrates on the business side of tradeshows and the do's and don't of exhibiting
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Instructor: Millie Lewis, director, Fashion Assets-Trade Show Specialists, account executive, Advanstar Inc  

SXN 450 Design Concepts for Events Master Class Workshop
If you are new to the exciting world of event planning, including weddings, creating a stellar signature design concept is what will set you apart from others and position you to attract more clients. This dynamic program helps you select the best colors and fabrics suitable for ceiling drape, backdrops, table linens, chair décor and accents and at the same time meet notable event pros, suppliers and party planners who share their own concepts and insider secrets. Students create a digital mood board to use as a planning tool. Easy decorative techniques such as printing on fabric and creating decorative accents with paper and fabric are included. By the end of this program, you’ll have a signature design concept ready to pitch to a client.

Instructor: Rekha Krisnamurthi, social media expert, design blogger, textile and home accessories designer, owner of Divine NY & Co.
Special guest lecturer: Richard Des Jardins, adjunct assistant professor, Interior Design, FIT, high profile party planner and stylist and guest from the field.

SXN 500 Wardrobe Versatility Techniques with Elizabeth Burpoe
If your career involves advising customers about clothing choices, here’s an opportunity to get insider tips and tricks to teach smart shopping and wardrobe investing. Learn the art of “mixing it up” – taking staple pieces and transforming them into a myriad of looks for all occasions. Working with suits, pants, jackets, and skirts you can teach your clients to create uniquely flattering looks that build confidence and maximize clothing expenditures. Information includes silhouette pairing, proportion fabrication, and coloration guidance, as well as answers about tops, underpinnings, and accessories.

Instructor: Elizabeth Burpoe, wardrobe stylist, Saks Fifth Avenue stores; nationally recognized image consultant.

SXN 515 Makeup Artistry: The Master Class with Lindsay Ebbin
Conducted by an internationally recognized makeup artist and authority, this special opportunity is for working stylists, image consultants, events planners, and cosmetic professionals. Through demonstration and lecture, learn how to determine color trends in makeup, design the perfect color palette no matter the skin tone, and advise clients on the color palette that’s right for them. Sociopolitical influences, the fashion business’ impact on color preferences, and the “face” look of the season are explained. Tips on being a great makeup artist, including simple techniques and makeup kit essentials, are included and what makes a difference when applying for artistry jobs.

Attendees should wear little or no make up for in-class demonstration. Although not essential, if attendees have makeup and makeup brushes they should bring them.

Instructor: Lindsay Ebbin, celebrity makeup artist.

SXN 525 Inside the Oscars with Professional Stylist Sharon Chalkin Feldstein
If you watched this year's Academy Awards broadcast, then you definitely saw this successful bi-coastal celeb stylist not only walk the red carpet but sitting in the second row. Let one of our most captivating grads give you a firsthand report on what it's like to attend as well as style stars for the Oscars, the number one awards event in the world. Find out what goes on beforehand, in prepping to go, how ensembles are created, who dresses whom and if anyone actually pays for their clothes! Plus, get a running critique on the year's fashion statements, the do's and don'ts, and best styling achievements of the night. Highly recommended for stylists, wardrobe technicians, costume designers, image consultants and anyone for whom fashion culture and Hollywood is a passion.

Seminar leader: Sharon Chalkin Feldstein, founder, Expert Management Co., stylist, on-air personality.

SXN 530 The Role of the Costume Designer with Jennifer Anderson
Learn all about character development and the workings of a film set through the eyes of a successful costume designer. Experience bringing a character to life by choosing the right clothes and accessories. From the creative to the practical, this fascinating program encapsulates the wardrobe-related creative process. Also covered is the coordination of set and costume design; the production, location, and season; and the role of the director and actors. Attendees work hands-on, breaking down a short script to translate character analysis and experience how a character is developed. Work with provided color, swatches, sketches, and clothing images. Highly recommended for stylists, wardrobe technicians, and designers. 

Instructor: Jennifer Anderson, film, TV, theatrical and dance costume designer.

SXN 550 Store Design: Constructing Great Customer Experience and Retail Growth with Michael Ratner
Learn about the location, design and construction process in creating a successful and engaging shopping experience from one of the world's leading retail construction companies. Richter+Ratner -- with an A-list client base including Barneys, Bulgari, Coach, Prada, Ralph Lauren, and Uniqlo -- has won numerous awards for its construction expertise. Go from learning how store concepts are executed to understanding who is responsible for what in store planning and construction. Get a look at several highly successful, globally branded retail-store projects accompanied by commentary and analysis of each enterprise's challenges, failures, and successes.

Instructor: Michael H. Ratner, CEO, Richter+Ratner; retail store construction expert with guest speakers.

SXN 575 Breakthroughs in Customer Experience: Retail Market Update with Teri Agins
Remember when customer service was simply about satisfying shoppers right before or after they bought: Spend a day with internationally recognized fashion business journalist, Teri Agins, looking at how fashion marketers are coming up with compelling ways to engage shoppers and drive business - from email blasts to social media outreach to in-store events targeted to specific customers. In this day long workshop, learn the latest on how retailers govern shopper intelligence and use it to enhance POS experiences and boost sales. Fashion shoppers want clothes that are customized with hassle-free alterations and they want clothes that they buy on-line to meet their expectations. Join in provocative discussions on how retailers are using shopper feedback to respond to these demands, look at what shopper loyalty programs really work, and participate in role-play exercises. Executives from two major fashion brands will join in to share their leading edge customer service strategies.

Instructor: Teri Agins, fashion journalist, The Wall Street Journal, author "The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever", lecturer and consultant.

SXD 110 Dog Anatomy and Behavior for Product Designers and Marketers
Industry leader and founder of Pet Fashion Week, Mario Difante shares his canine expertise in this program conceived to help designers, manufacturers and retailers improve product functionality. Get a true understanding of body-specific challenges and the accountability necessary to producing concepts and designs that must work for multiple breeds, including dressing and fit realities. Learn about dog behavioral traits important to the sale of care and comfort products, as this industry veteran shares insight learned from running his own salon, voted as "top salon/boutique in the US for the Millennium." Market professionals, as well as people looking to the pet market for a career crossover learn to distinguish between ideas that are creative, cute and inventive and those that exemplify great design and sales worthiness.

Instructor: Mario DiFante, executive director, MD Productions Inc.-Pet Fashion Week, international per market leader.

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