Natalie Smith is the Chair for the Fashion Department of City College of San Francisco. She has worked in the fashion retail industry for over 38 years and began her teaching career at CCSF in 2002. She spent most of her career working for Macy's and one of her proudest achievements was co-producing the Macy's Passport fashion show for 21 years. Natalie is also one of the founders of Fashion Incubator San Francisco (FiSF) and serves on its advisory committee. In addition to teaching, Natalie is a freelance fashion show and event producer and loves to provide her students with hands-on experience on her events whenever she can. Natalie has an A.A. degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Kelly is a Personal Development/Image Consultant and founded Artist Development/Imagemaking in 1988. It is a unique consulting service specializing is self-esteem building, beauty makeovers and personal life coaching for performing artist. She has conducted personal development seminars and workshops for companies, organizations and individuals to help them eliminate self-defeating behaviors. Her music-related projects have included dressing artists for album covers and videos, producing fashion and talent shows, conducting tours to Bay Area recording studios and freelancing as a writer for performing artists. Her clients have included San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Chevron, Brookside Hospital, San Francisco Renaissance Entrepreneurial Center and The Plant Recording Studio (to name a few).
She is on San Francisco State University’s Hospitality Management Advisory Board, a member with the Chamber of Commerce, a former Board of Governor with the Recording Academy (a.k.a. The Grammy's), a Co-Chair for the Urban Outreach Committee with the Recording Academy and a former member of KQED’s Community Advisory Panel. Kelly has a special major degree in Public Relations and Music Business Management from San Francisco State University.
Tony is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle's Style, Datebook and 96 Hours sections, as well as authoring SFGate's relationship blog; "Love & Sex in SF." Tony is also the Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers' New York Fashion Week correspondent. In addition to teaching in CCSF's fashion department he has taught at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (of which he is also an alumnus) and is an advisory board member at the Fashion Incubator San Francisco.
Patricia, a native of the Bay Area, received a B.A. in textiles from San Franciso State in Textiles and an M.F.A. in Fiber and Mixed Media from John F. Kennedy U. She owned a business, "Art to Wear: in Mill Valley She has taught Quilting, Weaving, Surface Design, Art to Wear and Sewing in the Fashion Department for 17 years. Patricia also teaches Art at Saint Mark's School in San Rafael. She created murals at a school in South Africa and taught art and quilting in Beijing China. She creates Art Quilts and has exhibited her quilts throughout the United States and Internationally.
Deborah has rejoined the staff of the fashion Department at CCSF to teach the tapestry class. She has enjoyed a lifelong passion, interest and pursuit for weaving, textiles and art making. She has a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA) and a MA from SF State University. Tapestry weaving has remained her primary art technique and she is pursuing her artistic career creating wedge weave tapestries and exhibiting her work nationally. Her tapestries are included in the collections of U.S. Embassies in Sofia, Bulgaria and Astana, Kazakhstan. Her multi-faceted artistic career has spanned a variety of pursuits that include teaching weaving and workshops (Including beginning weaving at CCSF) to owning a small hand crafted business— Woven Silks—in which she wove one-of-a-kind ikat silk scarves, to working as the Creative Director and chief designer for a textile company specializing in fabrics for the quilt market. Currently, she is curator of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.
Simon Eilenkrig, a European trained custom upholsterer, previously worked for Randolph and Hein and other prestigious companies. He specializes in antique restoration, leather work, wall upholstery and custom built furniture. He has been teaching his upholstery skills for over 3 years at CCSF.
Priscilla Fong, a native of San Francisco received a BA in Clothing and Textiles with an emphasis in Fashion Merchandising. She attended San Francisco State University. She has extensive experience in the retail industry with focus on merchandising, visual presentations and store operations. She possesses a true "PASSION" for the retail business. Early in her career, she cofounded the Personal Styling firm- Image N' Me. She assisted personal clients on outfitting, color schemes and personal shopping. The majority of her experience was spent at the Mervyns Corporate headquarters She was a Senior Buyer in Womens Apparel and Senior Visual Merchandising/Marketing Manager. She is well versed in product development and has created various private labels in apparel. Priscilla taught Brand Imaging at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising at the San Francisco campus.
She is currently the Store Manager for Forvever 21 at the Stonestown Galleria Mall in San Francisco. She opened the store in 2009 and has recruited, hired, trained and developed the employees. Priscilla thrives on sharing her insight on her merchandising experiences and its impact on the current retail climate.
Paul began his career at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He was so into this industry, he was interning on 7th Avenue before he graduated with his degree. He had his first line of clothing by the age of 21 and his designs have appeared in magazines, TV, movies and the web ever since. He has become a master patternmaker, draper and can construct any type of garment. His current company, Gallofornia, is 10 years old and has costumed productions for many Bay Area theatres, designed menswear lines and produced hundreds of custom made outfits for dancers, singers and riff-raff. Paul has had fabulous fashion and gallery shows of his work.
He has been teaching 1 or 2 classes a week for 19 years at various colleges and art schools across America. It is his attempt to unleash creativity in his fellow humans and give them technical skills to back up their artistic vision. Having your intrinsic talents become your work for the benefit of all is part of the goal. Paul continues to take on various projects that involve art and fashion and to share that knowledge with people looking to express themselves in the language of clothing.
Judy has over 25 years of teaching experience in the field of Fashion Design and has taught at many schools including SF State, FIDM, Santa Rosa Junior College and Canada College. She has a Master’s degree from San Francisco State, where her research centered on the design and development of nineteenth century women’s costume. Her interest in costuming has also led to “second career” as a theater costumer and designer. Judy has done free lance work for such Bay Area companies as San Francisco Ballet, Oakland Ballet and Beach Blanket Babylon and has designed costumes for many local theater companies. Judy teaches a wide range of courses in the fashion design curriculum, including Textiles, History of Costume and Tailoring. She considers pattern development to be her particular specialty, teaching flat pattern, computer aided pattern development and grading, draping and historic patternmaking at various Bay Area colleges. She has taught at City College since 1990.
Annette Juilly started her Fashion Career at a young age designing alongside her Fashion Designer Grandmother Rose Booth. She received her BA in Business and minor in Art Photography from Sonoma State University. Annette then went to New York City where she received her AAS in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Technology. While completing her degree in NYC, she worked for designer Betsy Johnson. Upon graduation she worked as an Assistant Designer and First Pattern Maker, then Designer and Production Pattern Maker for several NYC companies. Annette started selling her original designs to stores in NYC including Patricia Field’s House of Fields.
Annette returned to California and launched her wholesale women’s dress company under her name, Annette Marie Juilly. She designed her line of clothing, crafted the production patterns oversaw her manufacturing and sales for her company. She shipped her designs to department stores and boutiques throughout the United States including Macys, Nordstroms, Henri Bendel, Parisians, Wilkes Bashford, and thousands of boutiques nationwide. Her designs were also seen in WWD. After 6 years she closed her wholesale business to open her Couture Boutique Le Boudoir in Petaluma, CA. She specialized in custom fit Bridal, Special Occasion, Vacation and Work Wardrobes, and Costumes. Le Boudoir had her line of readymade separates and dresses in addition to the couture designs. Annette designed and fit over 1,500 couture outfits over the 6 years she had Le Boudoir. She also had her gowns go to the Academy Awards, and Wedding Dresses go to Paris, London, and Burning Man.
Annette has been teaching Fashion Design and Pattern Making for over 22 years. She has taught at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising SF, Los Rios Community College, and City College of San Francisco for the last 12 years. She has also been the Production Pattern Maker at many bay area companies including; Cut Loose, Snow Angel, JD Fine – Tart, Atelier Francesca, C P Shades, and Mishi Apparel. She is excited to share her passion and knowledge of fashion design, pattern making, and new business ventures with her students and clients.
Arcadia has spent 17 years in the design/architecture industry working in various positions. She started as a visual display trimmer for Macy’s in addition to being a local freelance fashion stylist. She currently teaches Visual Merchandising and Fashion Styling. She has extensive experience in the retail industry with a focus on store design and visual display. She loves putting her ability to design, style, and create to use! She worked her way up through the ranks to her current role as a design/build licensed general contractor for residential and light commercial projects. She has been featured on HGTV: Treasure Makers, Curb Appeal, and House Detectives. She has also been written about in Sunset Magazine and California Home + Design. Arcadia also teaches in the Construction Department and runs her own construction company Maximo Construction, which allows her to combine all her passions: fashion, design, and building. Her love for the environment and beautiful surroundings is an added bonus she incorporates into all her projects.
Lynda has been in business for the past 20 years creating haute couture garments for a private clientele. In recent years, she has been creating soft goods for the home in bedding, table linens, window treatments, pillows. She had a short stint (about one year) co‑producing a locally aired cable TV show, Sew Savvy and has gone on to produce her own show for another year, Passion For Fashion. Lynda Maynard has been teaching in the Bay Area for the past eleven years and has a B. A. in home economics from SJSU.
Sylvia is a fashion journalist, and the former fashion editor of The San Francisco Chronicle. She wrote about the runway shows at N.Y. Fashion Week for 10 years for the Chronicle's Style section, in addition to writing articles about local designers and businesses. Before she became the fashion editor, Sylvia was an arts and entertainment feature writer, writing articles about TV, theater and movies for the Datebook and Pink sections. She has won several regional and national writing awards.
She has been a CCSF instructor for 6 years. She has a B.A. degree in English literature from the State University of New York in Binghamton, N.Y.
Janice graduated in Textiles from Boston University and Massachusetts College of Art with a Masters in Art Education. She has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1982, teaching classes in Textiles and exhibiting her work both locally and nationally. She has taught at City College of San Francisco since 1995. In her twenty year study of loom manipulated, multi-tensioned double weave, she has pioneered a new approach to sculptural textiles. Her work is represented in many corporate and private collections across the country including several Kaiser-Permanente Medical Centers, Moody's Investment Services, Quantum Corporation, Summit Medical Center & Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital.
Lorraine has been involved in the fashion business for 20 years. She spent 8 years designing knitwear for junior houses in New York and spent 50% of her time developing product in Asia. From 1984 to 1996, she owned Bubble & Squeak, a children's clothing line based in Los Angeles. She was educated at the Boston Museum School in Massachusetts.
Kamille Hitz is the former Chair for the Fashion Department of City College of San Francisco. She earned her BFA in Fashion Design from prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York. While in school she worked for a women's blouse company, Flatiron Workshop, learning about every aspect of a fashion manufacturing business. After graduation, she spent 5 1/2 years as Assistant Designer and Colorist for Eileen Fisher, in addition to creating many illustrations which were used for everything from line sheets to advertisements and in-store posters. After moving to the Bay area she designed for Travelsmith Outfitters catalog, and eventually landed with CCSf. Her eleven years of experience in the fashion industry and 12 years experience teaching have given her a balanced vision to lead the Fashion department into the future.
Diane is the former Department Chair for the Fashion Department for many years until 2017. In addition to her teaching and advising duties, she also coordinates the student dressers for fashion shows at Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. She is the former San Francisco correspondent for W and Women's Wear Daily, as well as the Fashion Editor of the Nob Hill Gazette and Contributing Fashion Editor of San Francisco Focus Magazine. As a fashion consultant, she produced Macy's Accessory seminars, presented fashion seminars for the Shaklee Corporation, produced fashion segments on KPIX's "People Are Talking" and Evening Magazine. In addition she was an image consultant for the news anchors on KPIX and KQED. Diane had her own Public Relations firm, Diane Green International Public Relations for 15 years. Some of her clients have been: Chanel, Gianni Versace, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Frette, Bottega Veneta, Britex Fabrics, Bogner and LaBelle Day Spas & Salons, to name a few. An expert on haute couture, she often attends the Paris couture fashion shows and recently wrote an article for the San Francisco Chronicle on "Crafting Couture".
Education: B. A., Brooklyn College; M. A., State University of New York at Stony Brook; Interior Design, Wilsey Institute, New York.
Durand is the Men's Fashion Director for Macy's West, where he is responsible for forecasting trend and color direction as well as building and maintaining the fashion image for the West Coast Division of Federated Department Stores. As a San Francisco native, Durand has worked for a number of retail institutions including Judy's Merchandising Corporation, I Magnin, The Emporium and The Sharper Image. His wide range of fashion related expertise covers store management, visual merchandising, buying and fashion styling. Durand is a regular contributor to local and national press including Daily New Record, Men's Health, Esquire, The San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times.