Fashion Design

Alumni & Career Highlights

Employers hire Jefferson’s graduates for their unparalleled skill-set and their ability to hit-the-ground running from day one, including:

  • A Pea in the Pod
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • ALDO
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Ann Taylor
  • Anthropologie
  • Bebe Stores
  • Bliss Bridal
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Boscov’s
  • Cache
  • Calvin Klein
  • Carole Wren
  • Catherine’s
  • Christine Taylor Collection
  • Coach
  • Cole Haan Footwear
  • Crate and Barrel
  • David’s Bridal
  • Destination Maternity Corp.

  • Fashion Daily Magazine
  • Forever 21
  • Free People
  • Gap Inc.
  • GK Elite Sportswear
  • H&M
  • Hollister Co.
  • Indochino
  • J. Crew
  • Jos A. Bank
  • Kate Spade New York
  • Kenneth Cole Productions
  • Kohl’s Department Stores
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Macys
  • Michael Kors
  • Mon Cheri Bridals
  • Naeem Khan
  • Nicole Miller

  • Nike
  • Nordstrom
  • Oakley
  • OshKosh B’gosh
  • PVH
  • QVC
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Rent the Runway
  • Ross Stores, Inc.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Talbots
  • Target
  • The Children’s Place
  • Timberland
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Tory Burch
  • Urban Jungle
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Under Armour Inc.
  • Victoria’s Secret

Selected Alumni Highlights:

Jefferson alumni are leading in all areas of the fashion industry, check out a couple selected stories to see where you might be in a few years:

Kate Kibler '97

Kate Kibler '97 has had a remarkable career and rose to the top as a result of her ingenuity, dedication and determination. She received her B.S. in fashion design from Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) and an MBA from NYU.

Today, Kate is vice president of the Timberland North America direct-to-consumer business. She’s responsible for setting long-term growth strategies while at the same time ensuring the short-term success and profitability of the brand’s retail business in the United States, Canada and Mexico. She oversees virtually every aspect of the business—from strategic planning and store operations to merchandising and marketing—across full-price stores, outlet stores and e-commerce.

Prior to Timberland, Kate served as the senior director of full-price retail merchandising, visual, planning and allocation at Under Armour. She was wholly responsible for building the brand’s specialty retail concept, including two flagship locations. Earlier in her career, Kate held senior positions at such iconic brands as Lands’ End, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica and Izod.

Kate received the Alumni Award for Leadership in the Fashion Industry at the 2018 Fashion Show. The University established this distinction to acknowledge alumni industry leaders actively engaged in the Jefferson community.

"As you enter your career, I encourage you to be bold. Take risks. Evolve and change with the industry. Really embrace what’s out there. This is one of the most fun, fulfilling, exciting—and exhausting—careers you can ever have."

Mike Ternosky '00

Mike Ternosky ’00, is head designer for the influential OBEY Clothing brand, which specializes in progressive design in apparel and classic streetwear.

Growing up skateboarding and surfing in Avalon, N.J., Ternosky came to Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) to study fashion design. After graduating, this combination of interests led him to California, where in 2000 he helped establish OBEY Clothing as an offshoot of the work of Shepard Fairey, the famed artist known for his iconic "Hope" poster of President Obama. With Ternosky, he creates designs that represent his influences, ideals and philosophy.

"I had a real passion for the punk-rock, streetwear aesthetic," Ternosky told Jefferson students during a campus visit. He also talked about the importance of having true passion for their work and making sure they have the building blocks to succeed.

"I learned key technical things at this school," Ternosky said of Jefferson. "A strong foundation is essential."

He received the University’s prestigious Spirit of Design Award at the 2016 Fashion Show.


Former Student and Current Professor, Jay McCarroll

Jay McCarroll, a former student of Jefferson's fashion design program is now best known for winning the first season of Bravo's Project Runway where millions watched as McCarroll won the ultimate prize.

Before winning project runway, McCarroll started his fashion education at Jefferson as a fashion design student. Today, he remains involved at the University as an instructor, teaching classes here.

When asked about what draws him to come back, Jay remarks that "College is the only place I believe you can make pure vision, conceptual garments, weird stuff," he says. "It's great for me to come back and see what the students are doing."

Jay has since worked on designing products for QVC, his own line and competed and won the 7th season of Celebrity Fit club. What's next for Jay? We'll all just have to watch to find out!


Meg Gallagher '93: Personal Stylist and Entrepreneur

Meg Gallagher creates personalized wardrobes for a vast array of male and female clientele in LA, NYC and everywhere in between. Raised in Philadelphia and educated by the Fashion Design program at Jefferson, Meg credits much of her success to the direction and support she received from instructors in the program. The entrepreneurial foundation laid equipped Meg with a substantial amount of the know-how and ability to accomplish her dreams, both in the design world and as a successful business owner.

Graduating in 1993, Meg set her sights high and began her career in NYC. Employed as both a designer and design director, she spent the next decade styling collections, designing and traveling the world, all while wearing many fabulous pairs of shoes.

The next chapter of life took her in a new direction—creating a family and being a mom to two boys. She also took this time to refine her skills through the Image Consulting program at FIT, ultimately inspiring her to launch her new business in NYC: Meg Gallagher, Personal Stylist. She soon relocated to Los Angeles. Here, Meg has become an esteemed bi-coastal style source with a steady roster of devoted clients ranging from those in TV, film and music to architects and dedicated moms. Her warmth, organization, and forward style make it easy for clients to close the gap of who they are and who they want to be.

Meg embodies the entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary spirit that surrounds the Jefferson fashion programs. For an inside look into her world, visit her website.

 

Ann Yee' 04

Ann Yee, a graduate of the Fashion Design program has had her designs featured in various publications, from Women's Wear Daily to Elle Magazine. Her ready-to-wear women's fashions are known for their architectural edge and effortless drapery.

Although a native to Michigan, Ann's childhood trips to Hong Kong, her parent's native country, were her initial inspirations for entering the fashion industry. While studying in the Fashion Design program, she interned both in New York with designer Jill Stuart, and in London with Ebru Ercon.

Ann Yee was hand selected as one of Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion for Spring 2012 and presented her collection at New York Fashion Week. You can keep tabs on her exciting development at annyeecollection.com.

 

Couture Designer William Calvert '91

Now a famed couture fashion designer and couturier, William Calvert '91 began his fashion training at Jefferson as a fashion design student.

In the years after he graduated, Calvert expanded his knowledge and explored his creativity by studying in Europe and working on the couture collections of Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain and Rochas. Gaining notoriety, he developed collections for Diane Von Furstenberg and consulted for Perry Ellis Women's Coats. Calvert began the development of his own couture empire in 1998.

His work has been acclaimed in a variety of publications from Time Magazine to Vogue. Women's Wear Daily hailed him as "the new entrepreneur" because of his dramatic and elegant designs. In 1999, Calvert was selected for the first Moet and Chandon Designer Debut; and, during the same year, received the Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International.

Recently, Calvert partnered with Melanie Fraser Hart to launch the Callula Lillibelle line of clothing, which now is showing its spring/summer 2012 line. Check it out at www.callulalillibelle.com.

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