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OUR alumni

The school of fashion design offers a solid foundation in traditional design techniques and a competitive fashion education. A testament to our success is our extraordinary alumni who are entrepreneurs and industry leaders here and around the globe. The talented SFD alumni community is one you can call on for advice and support in your career, or to fill open positions or internships in your company.


Dawn Mello, Class of 1951

Dawn 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. Prior, she was the President of Bergdorf Goodman. Previously, Ms. Mello was the Creative Director for Gucci Worldwide, where she was responsible for repositioning the Gucci image as a luxury brand. In 2001, the CFDA awarded Ms. Mello with the first Eleanor Lambert Award for her unique contribution to the world of fashion.


Lilian Barbosa

Co-founder and Designer

Studying at SFD was my very first and important step, giving me the strong and solid foundation to become a fashion designer. I am grateful to have chosen SFD and to all the teachers I had, who spared no effort in helping me become the professional I am today.


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.


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.


Julie Desimone, Class of 2004

Julie is Head of Wardrobe for Cirque du Soleil’s “Mystère” in Las Vegas, promoted from Assistant Head of Wardrobe for “Michael Jackson ONE” – another Cirque du Soleil production. Julie and her team of 30 wardrobe technicians kwork 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.


Ella Tang

Boston SEO Marketing Service Owner and Designer

I pursued my fashion education after earning my master’s degree in computer science. I was introduced to School of Fashion Design by a friend and admired the school immediately. I learned fundamental skills that allowed me to get a job as a product developer after graduation. After several years working as a designer for several corporate apparel companies, today I am running my own label TANGOELLA. 


Jeffrey Dickerson


In very personal and hands-on classes, SFD teaches exactly what you need to learn and every possible way to do it. With all my teachers currently working or having worked in the industry, I learned so much about what to expect in my career after graduation.


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.


Denise Hajjar, Class of 1977

Denise Hajjar has been designing under her own label and a leader in Boston 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.


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