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Deliberate Luxury

Aviva Stanoff creates handmade textiles for pillows, throws and other beautiful home furnishings that have been seducing luxury seekers since 2004. She draws inspiration from her life, a reverence for nature and a passion for artisanal grit. She is fearless in her design philosophy and credits her mentor, Simon Ungless, executive director of the School of Fashion, for instilling the confidence to be innovative. Her bold approach has introduced textiles with feathers, corals, flowers and even lingerie hand-pressed into them—with a style Stanoff calls “deliberate luxury.” Her handiwork can be found at top luxury retailers and hotels, in the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Museum, and cruising on the World Residences at Sea.

Aviva Stanoff, Fearless Designer in Textiles

While a student at the Academy, Stanoff designed for Calvin Klein and was recognized in Vogue magazine. After graduating in 1999, she went on to design textiles for prestigious fashion houses like Christian Dior Couture, Givenchy Couture, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan in New York, London and Paris. Stanoff is now a favorite designer at ABC Carpet & Home—the retailers that set the standards for interior design and home decor in the United States—and is recognized year after year with awards and honors for her creativity and innovation. Stanoff is adored by her customers and the many interior designers that shop for high-profile clients, like Lori Margolis, who recently redesigned Caitlyn Jenner’s Malibu home. Given her work with interior designers, she is frequently surprised with sightings of her work in magazines, TV shows and films (including Carrie Bradshaw’s remodeled apartment in the Sex and the City movie and Sarah Jessica Parker’s upcoming show Divorce!).

Tools for Textile Design

Stanoff's Area of Emphasis

Textile design at the School of Fashion focuses on printed surface design. Different mediums for drawing and painting are explored while students learn to design repeat patterns and graphic prints using both industry-standard computer software and traditional, artisanal techniques.


Stanoff's Mentor

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 MA degree in Fashion with Distinction. He collaborated with Alexander McQueen on his first 10 collections shown in London and New York, and personally introduced Sarah Burton, the current creative director of Alexander McQueen, to the late designer. In 2002, Ungless 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.


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