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SFD Alumni

Founded in 1934, the School of Fashion Design has a rich history of providing students with a solid foundation in traditional design techniques and a competitive fashion education. Our graduates bring these skills to the fashion industry with the confidence that they have learned to be among the best in the industry.

SFD alumni support student scholarships and frequently return to the school to volunteer, judge a fashion show, guest lecture, or donate fabric and supplies. The talented SFD alumni community is one you call on for advice and support in your career, or call on to fill open positions or internships in your company.

"I never would have thought that getting my two-year Certificate in such a small school could have led to the lucrative career I’ve had.  I’ve worked 30 years in the industry, and I owe it all to my education here at SFD."

Gabe Atallah, Class of 1987

Alumni profiles

A testament to our success is our extraordinary alumni, many of whom have gone on to become industry leaders in Boston, nationally and abroad.

Candice Wu, Class of 2011

Raised in Hong Kong and graduating in the US, Candice Wu’s designs evoke her mix of cultural influences. Candice has shown at Fashion Week in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Rhode Island, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Peabody Essex Museum, Boston Symphony Orchestra, M.I.T Museum, and Boston City Hall. Her work has appeared in Upscale Living, Vogue, Marie Claire, Fashion World Paris, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, and Improper Bostonian. She received a Certificate of Recognition from Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a Boston Fashion Award in 2012 and 2013, and the M.I.T. Descience Project “People's Choice” award in 2014.

Julie Desimone, Class of 2004

Julie is Assistant Head of Wardrobe for “Michael Jackson ONE” – the latest Cirque du Soleil production now running in Las Vegas. Julie and her team of 30 wardrobe technicians work with leather, raw silk, linen, organza, custom moleskin, and Swarovski crystals on the unique hand-crafted costumes. Fabrics are laser-printed, screen-printed, dip-dyed, or painted by hand, and costumes glow under UV light, twinkle with hundreds of LED lights, or inflate with CO2 cartridges.

Daniela Corte, Class of 1999

Argentine born Daniela Corte founded her own brand in 2000 and quickly grew to become one of Boston’s leading designers. Ms. Corte’s swimwear designs are featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2012. This is her second consecutive inclusion in the magazine. Ms. Corte has received ongoing national and international media recognition and has been featured in Women's Wear Daily, Town & Country, and Lucky Magazine. In 2011, she opened the Daniela Corte boutique on Newbury Street in Boston.

Daniel Faucher, Class of 1982

One of the few practitioners of haute couture techniques in New England, Daniel Faucher has built his reputation with the design and creation of exquisite one-of-a-kind evening and bridal-wear pieces which have graced the pages of such publications as Women's Wear Daily, New England Bride and Boston Magazine.  Daniel Faucher Couture Design is located in South Boston.

Denise Hajjar, Class of 1977

Denise Hajjar has been designing under her own label and is a leader in Boston fashion for more than 30 years. She was “Designer in Residence” at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. Today her namesake boutique is at the Inter-Continental Hotel. She has designed costumes for TV, theatre and movies. Her clothes have been worn by celebrities and leaders for the Tonys, Emmys, Oscars, and more. Her numerous awards include Vision Leader, Exceptional Women, Rising Star of the Year, Distinguished Alumni, and the Isobel S. Sinesi Lifetime Achievement Award in Fashion. She is active with Dress for Success, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Catholic Charities, The ALS Association, Home for Little Wanderers, and more. She is creator and founder of the “Big Dreams Start Small” event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Anthony Ferrara, Class of 1962

Exclusive designer for Whiting and Davis, the world's leading producer of metal mesh, Anthony Ferrara was commissioned to create an exclusive design for Absolut Vodka.  The "Absolut Ferrara" ad featured a silver mesh mini dress.  He created four more dresses for the campaign, including an 18-karat gold "Absolut Ferrara."  Mr. Ferrara’s designs have been featured in the pages of Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Vogue and Vogue Italia. 

Dawn Mello, Class of 1951

Dawn Mellow has an extensive career in fashion – formerly the President of Bergdorf Goodman, and previously Creative Director for Gucci Worldwide, where she was responsible for repositioning the Gucci image as a luxury brand. Ms. Mello is the Founder and President of Dawn Mello and Associates, an independent consulting firm specializing in the luxury market. Ms. Mello is a member of The Atelier Fund, investing in early-stage fashion businesses. In 2001, the CFDA awarded Ms. Mello with the first Eleanor Lambert Award for her unique contribution to the world of fashion.

Marie Cosindas, Class of 1943

Marie Cosindas is celebrated for her color Polaroid portraits of well-known people such as Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Faye Dunaway, Robert Redford and Paul Newman. A contemporary of Ansel Adams, Ms. Cosindas has exhibited her work at the NY Museum of Modern Art, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the National Gallery of Canada.

Alumni in the News

August 2015 – Anthony Ferrara in Design District Magazine in Miami.

July 2015 –
Gina DeWolfe in the Improper Bostonian

June 2015 -
Daniela Corte in Boston Herald

June 2015 – Kinda Touma in the Boston Globe

January 2015 – Chynna Pope on styleboston

December 2014 – Candice Wu in Original Living magazine

September 2014 – Candice Wu in Vogue Italia

September 2014 – Rose AlRedha in Bint al Khaleej magazine in Dubai

August 2014 – Daniela Corte in Self Magazine

August 2014 – Tatiana Tejedor in Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston”


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