Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, Fashion
Sara Kozlowski is Director of External Projects facilitating the School of Fashion’s portfolio of external projects including competitions, scholarships and sponsored projects of various models often with collaborative contexts. Partner relationships from Kering, Barneys, Style.com, Allen Edmonds, Gap Inc., HSUS, and The Shoe Polytechnic, provide students and alumni access to resources, opportunity, and experience.
Currently she teaches Design in Fashion Systems within the MFA Fashion Design & Society Program and Senior Thesis, within BFA. With foci in concepts, presentation, and systems, her teaching ethos is holistic and integrative, believing that design often happens on the body, underpinned by sound research and craft methodologies. Exploration and experimentation are largely encouraged in order to nurture innovative processes and cultivate distinct design identities who have potential capacity to lead change within the system.
As Parsons alum, Sara holds a BFA in Fashion Design with the Anna Sui & Byron Lars Golden Thimble Awards. Her graduate study was completed at California College of the Arts where she was a member of the inaugural dMBA in Design Strategy cohort, a program rooted in design and systems thinking combined with sustainability.
A full time educator for ten years, prior to joining Parsons in January 2012, she served as Assistant Director for San Francisco’s Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion implementing design curriculum, faculty and Women’s Wear collections within BFA, teaching across MFA and BFA in collection, portfolio and sustainability. Sara also lived and worked in Shanghai as Senior Lecturer & Fashion Design Coordinator, LaSalle teaching on the BA Honours program validated by Northumbria.
Sara’s career in fashion began as Assistant Designer for Anna Sui who had been a mentor first during Parsons as an Intern and later after launching CAKE. from her Chelsea apartment. Initially, CAKE. pieces were inspired by early nineties New York downtown culture, first carried by TG-170, Liquid Sky and X-Girl and seen editorially on Bjork, Lady Miss Kier, and Chloe Sevigny. The label later transformed into a collection, sara kozlowski: CAKE., through encouragement of emerging designer based Steven Alan Showroom. By 2001, when the label closed it had presented 8 collections during NYFW, grown to generating a half million in annual sales, and stocked by a more than 40 global outlets including Barney’s Co-Op, Intermix, Curve, Beams, United Arrows, and Mitsukoshi, and had been featured in numerous editorial including WWD, Paper,Vogue, Bazaar, and Gap Japan. Additionally freelance design, textile, graphic, illustration and costume projects included Zoetrope, Shiseido, Anna Sui Jeans and Isetan, Steven Alan Men’s, Beams, Jason Wishnow’s Oedipus, and Shift’s Shape of Poison for ODC Dance Theatre.
fashion systems, emerging platforms, design disruption, sustainability, experimental 3D methods, image-making, shape-making, vehicles of presentation, ethics and organizational culture, fashion culture, sustaining craft through luxury, anti-obsolescence, subliminal souvenirs, textile and material innovations, organizational design