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  • Laura Volpintesta

    Part-time Assistant Professor


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    BFA Parsons The New School for Design, NYC. 1995. Sophomore year, Parsons Paris.

    Laura is the founder of FashionIllustrationTribe.com, and online and onsite educationr resource and community for fashion design drawing, creative fashion illustration, model drawing, fashion portfolio development coaching, patternmaking, draping, and technical drawing oourses..

    Author of the Language of Fashion Design (available in 5 languages), and co-author of The Fashion Designer's Specification and Resource Book.

    Craftsy.com course creator/instructor Designing Fashion Flats.

    Laura has taught pattermaking, draping and sewing (hand and machine) in Parsons BFA program for 5 years, and model drawing/ portfolio and Industry Design techniques for 20 years in AAS. Now also Patternmaking, Draping and Design Sketching/ Core in CPE.

    An illustrator, artisan, technical designer and design creative, she explores the ovelapping of cultures, traditions, and disciplines- music and dance are usually integrated into her work, with a special interest in the African diaspora and Brazilian decorative arts and culture.

    She has worked in swimwear, leather, knits and sweaters, mens womens, juniors, maternity and childrenswear in various studios over 20 years in NYC.Including the Childrens Place, Rocawear, Bebe, Chicos, all Target brands, CK jeans, the Limited, and more. She's also worked in fine leather accessories, bags, gloves and jewelry,

    As a Full Time Faculty at Parsons Fashion for 5 years, she developed their very first online course for Fashion Design and Illustration in 2008, which she Taught for 10 years.

    A Brazilian and Jazz vocalist, trained birth doula and single mom business owner, she lives an active, creative life based in CT.

    Degrees Held

    BFA FAshion Design, Parsons School of Design, 1995

    Professional Affiliation

    Faculty, Women and Music, Sacred Heart University, CT.

    Recent Publications

    The Language of Fashion Design available in Russian, Spanish, French and Chinese.

    The Fashion Designers Reference and Specification book.

    Freedom Fashion online program.

    Designing with Fashion Flats: Craftsy.com


    Performances and Appearances

    Midsummer Night's Swing

    Pizzeria Lauretano Jazz Series with Sambeleza and Studio Rio projects.

    Battery Park Jazz Festival with Charanga.

    S.O.Bs with Cuban Charanga

    Boom, SOHO, Esperanto, Alphabet City- Brazilian jazz and Bossa nova weekly gig.

    Band Together benefits at Fairfield Theater Co., featured vocalist

    McDonalds GospelFest- Gospel Choir. 3d place.

    Mambo Tuesdays at Bayamo with Cuban Charanga band Pasion.

    Fashion Filter: featured panelist in an Ethical Fashion panel with Francisca Pineda


    Research Interests

    To Labor trained birth Doula

    Ethical Fashion

    Early childhood music and movement certification

    Active Latin, Gospel, Brazilian and American jazz vocalist since 1992.

    Languages: Spanish French and Brazilian Portuguese.

    African Prints and  Fashion, and Brazilian fashion and artisan traditions

    Crochet and beadwork





    Current Courses

    Fashion: Visual Presentation
    PNNY 2402, Summer 2024

    Future Courses

    Advanced Fashion Drawing
    PSOF 2070, Fall 2024

    Core 2
    PAFD 1200, Spring 2025

    Past Courses

    Advanced Fashion Drawing
    PSOF 2070, Fall 2023

    Core 1
    PAFD 1100, Fall 2023

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