Fall 2014

MARIE MACCARO SURI
Marketing: Fashion and Related Industries ’83

MARIE MACCARO SURI fabricates furniture using jewelry-making and metal-smithing techniques. Her pieces—tables, sconces, andirons, and fire screens—are sold through Liz O’Brien, a decorative-arts dealer in New York. A favorite material is industrial steel medallions, modeled after motor components that she found in a salvage yard. She does all her own welding, at temperatures above 2,000…

JILL ANTHONY
Illustration ’84

Jill Anthony has created artwork featuring a series of Dalmatians dressed as such fashion icons as Coco Chanel, Iris Apfel, and Diana Vreeland. The images are available as wall art or greeting cards at her Etsy storefront. She chose Dalmatians not as a comment on any of her subjects—or out of any sort of canine…

SHARON KHAZZAM
Jewelry Design ’84

SHARON KHAZZAM creates one-of-a-kind pieces from rare, colorful gemstones, such as Paraiba tourmaline from Brazil. Her work, handmade by jewelers in New York, is sold exclusively at Barneys in the U.S., as well as at Isetan and Mitsukoshi department stores in Tokyo. Khazzam doesn’t want her jewels to be locked up in a safe, despite…

SHAWN BANNER
Illustration ’87

SHAWN BANNER creates whimsical cartoons for advertisements and children’s books. This year, 16 of his ballet illustrations were exhibited at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY. The illustrations, which originally ran in Ballet Beat, a newsletter promoting the New York City Ballet Summer Residency, also in Saratoga Springs, were paired with dance…

CASSANDRA WILLIAMS NEWMAN, TEXTILE/SURFACE DESIGN

CASSANDRA WILLIAMS NEWMAN ’91 placed third in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest at the district level, surpassing contestants at 150 clubs. Her talk, “The Seeds of Greatness” (presented below), focused on the moment she knew she would become an artist and the teachers who inspired her. Besides entering the world of professional motivational speaking—she has already…

GEORGETTE PASCALE, MARKETING: FASHION AND RELATED INDUSTRIES

GEORGETTE PASCALE ’97 owns a public relations agency for health care firms, approaching its tenth anniversary. Her 21 employees work from home on publicity for companies such as Abbott Medical Optics, a vision-care company, and Mscripts, an online pharmacy. Not having a central office saves on rent, eliminates commutes, and reduces idle conversation.

TANITA HOLLOWAY GRAY, ACCESSORIES DESIGN

TANITA HOLLOWAY GRAY ’00, FASHION DESIGN ’97, is lead designer for Max Martin shoes, a new made-in-the-USA luxury footwear line, co-founded by entrepreneur William Panzarella and rapper MC Lyte. (Max Martin refers to the name of Panzarella’s dog, not the record producer.) According to Gray, Max Martin is the only company manufacturing high-heeled boots in the U.S.…

VERONIQUE SALIMBENE LINDELL
Fashion Design ’00

VERONIQUE SALIMBENE LINDELL repurposes vintage fabrics from estate sales—carpeting, kimonos, hunting pants, a military duffel—into tote bags and pillows. She designs each bag separately, and her mother sews them in their Bradenton, FL, shop, Ocean Rock Design. Much of her product sells through Facebook and Scoutmob. Her customers love ocean themes. “Anything I put a…

KIYEON NAM
Fashion Merchandising Management ’02

KIYEON NAM launched N/A/M, an androgynous, architectural knitwear line, this fall after working for 12 years at Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, and other companies. To find inspiration for her futuristic collection, she researched planets and aliens, trying to craft a universal style that defies assumptions about what clothes say about people. N/A/M isn’t just her…

DAVID HART
Fashion Design ’04

DAVID HART ’04 launched his eponymous menswear line in 2013, sold in Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as in Japan. The dress shirts are sewn in New Jersey, and the ties in Brooklyn, and the tailoring is done in Massachusetts; only the sweaters are made overseas, in Italy. The collection builds on the success of…