• Fiona Dieffenbacher

    Assistant Professor of Fashion Design

    Office Location:

    Sheila Johnson Design Center


    BFA Director, Fashion DesignFiona has taught in the BFA fashion design program as adjunct faculty since 2005. In 2007 she became Project Coordinator, transitioning into full-time faculty within the School of Fashion as Director of External Projects a year later with oversight across all four programs. She developed relationships with multiple partners including Gap Inc, Banana Republic, Coach, Louis Vuitton, MCM, Swarovski , and Henri Bendel and LVMH.In her current role as BFA Director for Fashion Design Fiona is committed to leading the program though the implementation of the undergraduate review. A proponent of strong research and diverse entry points into the design process itself, her current project - a new book entitled "Fashion Design: PROCESS", (AVA) seeks to unmask these varied approaches, enabling students to better understand their own ways of working. Fiona is undertaking a research project investigating learning styles and methodologies through a series of surveys, the results of which she hopes to share in upcoming academic journals. Fiona holds an undergraduate degree in Fashion and Textiles from the University of Ulster in the UK and a BFA degree from Parsons and was the recipient of the Michael Kors' Designer of The Year Award ('93). In 1998, she launched her ready to wear label 'Fiona Walker'. Shown at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and sold at select retailers in the U.S and internationally, the collection was featured in WWD, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Lucky, and Cosmopolitan.

    Research Interests:

    design criticism,fashion design ,fashion sustainability,textiles ,womenswear