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Fashion Faculty

Simon Ungless

Executive Director, School of Fashion

Simon Ungless graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in 1992 and was awarded the prestigious M.A. Degree in Fashion with Distinction. He collaborated with Alexander McQueen on the first ten collections shown in London and New York, and personally introduced Sarah Burton, Creative Director of Alexander McQueen, to the late designer. In 2002, he became Creative Director of Member Holiday, a Korean-based contemporary brand, launching both men’s and women’s collections with 37 freestanding stores. His work experience covers Fashion Design, Textile Design, Forecasting, Brand Development, and Marketing for such clients as Givenchy, Paul Smith, and Versace.

Gary Miller

Associate Director of Fashion

Gary Miller is a Menswear Fashion Director with more than 16 years of experience in New York and London. Gary's design scope encompasses building and maintaining a brand's identity, initiating a start-up concept, reinvigorating an existing line, and nurturing an ongoing successful brand. For many years, he worked as a Design Director for the Men's Sportswear division at Macy's Merchandising Group in New York. Previously, he had worked at The Mens Wearhouse, Wilke-Rodriguez, Here and There, and Michiko Koshino. Gary holds a BA from Ravensborne College of Design and Communication.

Sharon Murphy

Director of Fashion Merchandising

Sharon Murphy spent over 25 years in the apparel industry including management positions in sourcing, manufacturing, product development and fashion retailing. She worked for Esprit de Corp, as well as for Jessica McClintock, Inc. She also continues to consult with Venice Collaborative to source textiles and related materials for architects and builders of residential projects in Venice, CA.

Keanan Duffty

Senior Director of Merchandising

Keanan Duffty established his eponymous fashion label in 1999. Over 70 premium retailers carry his collection, with a large celebrity following that includes David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, the New York Dolls, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, and the Smashing Pumpkins. In addition to his successful fashion career, Keanan Duffty is lead singer in the band Slinky Vagabond, alongside Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Clem Burke of Blondie, and Earl Slick. Duffty received his BA degree in Fashion Design from Central St. Martin’s in London.

Jinah Oh

Associate Director of Fashion Merchandising

‍Associate Director of Fashion Merchandising, earned her M.B.A. in Marketing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, as well as a B.S. in Clothing and Textiles and a B.A. in Philosophy from EWHA Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. She has extensive experience in international fashion and luxury brands. With Escada Asia, she developed business and market strategies, managed merchandising and buying for multiple brands, pioneered and initiated brick and mortar and e-commerce channel development. Later with Cartier, Richemont Korea Ltd., she oversaw retail operations and all aspects of retail marketing activities for the Korean market. In 2010, she joined Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and was the first appointed chair of Fashion Marketing and Management (B.F.A.), and Luxury and Fashion Management (M.A. / M.F.A.). To this day, both are the fastest growing programs at SCAD. She has developed and led multiple industry sponsored projects with partners in various sectors including technology, fashion and luxury, and trade associations such as Microsoft, Kohl’s, Sonoma Brand, Silver Promotion, JC Penny, HSBC, Benetton, and others.

Russell Clower

Assistant Director, Online Merchandising

Russell Clower received his BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design and has contributed to numerous retail outlets as both in-house visual merchandising manager and consultant. He spent much of his career at San Francisco's luxury retailer Wilkes Bashford Company, where he was Assistant Visual Director, and later, Creative Director/Director of Special Events. Clower was also Visual Merchandising Director and Assistant Art Director at Bebe, where he was responsible for the visual merchandising of 128 stores. He has worked with numerous clients over the years, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Sue Fisher King Home, DISH Inspired Tableware, Wilkes Sport, Hamilton Jewelers, and Juniper Hill Furniture.

Rhona MacKenzie

Assistant Director, Textiles - School of Fashion

Rhona MacKenzie received her BA in Printed Textiles from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, and has had much experience designing and printing fabric for a variety of companies. She has worked for Eley Kishimoto as Print Studio Manager, and also worked on prints for Guy Laroche, Jil Sander, and Alexander McQueen. Her work has been published in magazine such as Vogue(UK), ID Magazine, Fabrex, and International Textiles. MacKenzie has also done freelance work for Schweppes International Ltd., The Scotch House, and BBC Television.

Iliana Ricketts

Director, Online Fashion

Iliana received her MFA in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art University in 1999. Iliana launched her own line of tailored women’s wear, ILYA, in 2002. At the same time she also worked as a part-time instructor at the Academy of Art University and has had numerous freelance jobs as a designer, illustrator and consultant. Before becoming the Director of Online Fashion, Iliana worked as the Creative Director of GGblue, a lifestyle and golf line sold in over 300 stores across the US.

Robert Curry

Associate Director, 3D Design & Construction Draping & Flat Pattern

Robert Curry graduated from University of Leeds in 1994. Following his apprenticeship with Bruce Oldfield, he joined Vivienne Westwood in 1996 as a dressmaker in the Couture Atelier, specializing in corsetry and evening wear. Within a year, he was promoted to “Premier” of the Atelier – responsible for the creation of the showpieces for the Paris womenswear collections, as well as orders for client wedding dresses, ball gowns, exhibition and advertising pieces. Over the years, he collaborated on multiple collections with designers Tristan Webber and Julien MacDonald and also worked with Japanese label Unobilie. His work has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire. He has dressed Liza Minelli, Jerry Hall, Jennifer Lopez, Helena Bonham Carter, Kylie Minogue, Minnie Driver, and the Queen of Jordan, as well as many women of the European aristocracy.

John Bauernfeind

Graduate Director, School of Fashion

John Bauernfeind holds a MA in Fashion Menswear from St. Martin's College of Art and Design and a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design.  John has worked for CK Jeans Calvin Klein, Vanderbilt by Murjani, Knitcraft St. Croix, London Fog Industries, BCBG, and Pollini in various capacities. Since 2005, he has taught fashion at various universities. He is currently Graduate Director in the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University.

Stephan Rabimov

Assistant Director, Fashion Journalism

Stephan Rabimov has ten years of experience in digital and print publishing, journalism, new media, communications, and public relations and marketing. He is the Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of DEPESHA, a leading Russian-expatriate culture magazine on the intersection of fashion and arts. Stephan has taught at various institutions in the United States. Stephan was also Executive Contributing Fashion Editor for Dot429 Magazine since May 2011 and Founder and Principal of RABIMOV Public Relations Agency since May 2010. Stephan directly managed the opening of Nicola Formichetti’s pop-up store in New York City as well as various fashion shows showcasing emerging Russian and American designers during New York, St. Petersburg, Toronto, and Vancouver Fashion Weeks. Stephan has also worked for the United Nations Development Program as well as Bloomberg Philanthropies. Stephan holds a Masters of International Affairs and a MA in Statistics from Columbia University. He received his BS in Mathematics from Oregon State University. Stephan is fluent in Russian.

Flore Morton

Assistant Director, Styling

During her 20 years in the fashion industry, Flore Morton has designed for Martin Margiela and Jean Paul Gaultier at Hermès women’s ready-to-wear department in Paris. She has expertise in tailoring, dressmaking, knitwear, leatherwear, swimwear, accessories, and styling. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from the École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués Duperré in Paris. Flore joined the Academy’s School of Fashion in 2006, teaching portfolio-level fashion design, fashion styling, and photo shoot production. She also developed the only accredited Bachelor of Fine Art degree program in Fashion Styling in the U.S., and is the fashion editor of 180 Magazine. She is fluent in French.