CFD Academy instructors are highly qualified professionals, with years of experience in the industry, and ready to offer students a personalized, one-on-one learning experience.
Jessica Krupa is a design entrepreneur and professor of design focusing on swimwear and intimates in New York City. She has 15 years of experience creating swimwear and intimate apparel collections for a Fortune 500 Enterprises, such as Victoria’s Secret and Li & Fung, and has been awarded a design patent for innovation within bras.
Jean Paul Gomez
Jean Paul Gomez grew up in Bogota, Colombia, where he studied Visual Arts at the National University of Colombia. After moving to the United States, he studied at the University of Central Florida and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Photography. He went on to complete his Masters of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute of New York.
Dr. Marina Kamenetskiy
Dr. Kamenetskiy is passionate about the field of education and she always says that she is a lifelong learner. She likes to make learning fun, interactive and allows students to express their creativity through critical thinking, use of technological tools, and collaboration with others.
Mindy has held senior positions in entertainment and media with a focus on general management, marketing, and digital roles. Her expertise in digital strategy and youth media have been core to her career. She has led critical launches on both a product side and franchise side for a number of new and culture-defining initiatives.
As an educator she believe in exploring new methods of teaching, with incorporation of creative collaboration with industry partners, organizing art exhibitions and events. she focuses on commercial design development with an emphasis on digital application, visual presentation and fragrance design. By working and living in Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe she brings global knowledge and experience to design education.
Lebanese fashion designer, with a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design Stylisme and Modelisme, from CAMM fashion academy in Lebanon has worked with a number of international fashion designers over the past years.
He believes for all who are interested in studying fashion must follow a simple rule, students need to learn the steps of tailoring and stitching, a drawing alone cannot get the perfect outfit. A dress is always made by a pencil and a needle, both complement one another.
Laura Nell & Janina Bieberstein
Laura Nell & Janina Bieberstein, a diploma degree textile designer duo with expertise in Fashion & Interior. They studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Arts in Germany & at the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark. While Janina works as a Knitwear Designer in the Fashion & Technology department of the knitting machine manufacturer Stoll, Laura gained experience with an exclusive tapestry company in Berlin, having shown her tapestry designs at different fairs, such as the Fuorisalone in Milan.
Eileen Pappas is a designer and graduate of Parsons the New School for Design with several years of industry experience in New York City. Over the course of her studies, Eileen completed a variety of professional internships at Donna Karan Collection, Stoll FTNY, St. John Knits, and Gigi Burris Millinery, and produced knitwear for Billy Reid and Simon Miller. Her greatest honor was winning the 2012 CFDA Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship Award.
Isil Sarac had consistently prepared for Fine Arts education since the first years of her school life. As a result of her hard work, she started her education life at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts to be developed professionally (1992 - 1996 Istanbul).
An Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, Committed to creative evolution and confirmation of practice-based professional expertise. She is enthusiastically devoted to innovative and ethically refined contribution towards design, industry, conceptual research, academic teaching & mentoring with influential quality and professional excellence.
Certified Italian Image Consultant & Fashion Stylist from the heart of the fashion industry - Milan. Manuela Pirola is known for her Advanced sketching & Fashion illustration techniques. She graduated from Universita Cattolica Del S. Cuore - Milan, she is also a pioneer in bridal styling.
Kayleigh McAuliffe is a UK based Fashion Design Consultant, Lecturer and illustrator. After graduating from De Montfort University with a Bachelor’s degree in Contour Fashion, Kayleigh has built a successful international career within the lingerie and swimwear fashion industry with large global brands such as Victoria’s Secret & Elle Macpherson.
Dr. Alica Grilec
Dr. Alica Grilec is an Assistant Professor at Zagreb University. She is a graduate from Zagreb University from Faculty of Economics and Master of Business Administration (MBA) course at the same Faculty. In 2009, she was awarded the title of Master of Science with her master’s thesis “Marketing in Textile and Clothing Industry”.
Dr. Irena Funduk is a PhD fashion designer and owner of the brand Irena Funduk Fashion Fashion, from Slovenia, EU, with over 17 years of experience in fashion design, high end fashion,Demi couture fashion, developing couture collections, ready to wear collections and fast fashion collections.
Hayley has built a vast knowledge and understanding of the fashion industry. Within her career, she has designed bag ranges as well as created fashion-forward trends for all seasons. She prides on working for brands that focus on quality and innovation, currently consulting for several brands within the UK and around the world.
Amy Johns has ten years of experience within the fashion industry, in creative and analytical roles within head office departments in New York, Paris and London. Amy began her career in Buying and Merchandising; working for brands such as Fortnum & Mason and Burberry.
Georgina is most associated with her career as a footwear designer and as an MA Tutor of Footwear and Artifact at Cordwainers College at UAL. Georgina Goodman the designer embodies that philosophy, which has led to her being twice nominated ‘Accessory Designer of the Year’ by the British Fashion Council, and has seen her establish long standing design collaborations and consultancies with labels such as Alexander McQueen, Luella Bartley and Casadei amongst others.
Claira Zambon Versland
Claira Zambon Versland is an NYC based Global Fashion Executive Consultant, speaker, and professor. Over the last 25 years, she has built a career of continuous success in the fashion retail industry with a proven track record of strategic leadership in some of the largest fashion retailers in the Americas
Engy Mahdy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and a Postgraduate Honour's degree
in Advanced Pattern-cutting methods from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Engy launched her label, One and Four Studio, a luxury street brand, in 2017 and has to date
produced and released 3 collections and a capsule for Sole DXB 2019. Her passion for pattern-cutting drives her to always create challenging patterns for design,
considering it the most important stage of a well-designed garment.
After graduating with Honours in Bachelor of Fine Arts and Fashion Design from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane (Australia), Milica moved to Paris to pursue her first internship with Jean Paul Gaultier and Jitrois.
Beside designing and developing accessories, Milica mentors young designers and students at IFA Paris.