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  • Laura Volpintesta

    Part-time Assistant Professor


    Office Location
    Parsons Midtown - 232 W 40th St

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

    Laura is the founder of, and online and onsite educationr resource and community for fashion design drawing, creative fashionillustration, model drawing, fashion portfolio development coaching, and technical drawing.

    Author of the Language of Fashion Design available in 5languages, and co author of The Fashion Designer's Specification and Resource Book. course creator Designing Fashion Flats.

    Laura has taught BFA pattermaking, draping and sewing (hand and machine) in Parsons BFA program for 5 years, and model drawing/ portfolio and Industry Design techniques for 15 years.

    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, leathers, mens womens, juniors, maternity and childrenswear in various studios over 20 years in NYC.Including the Childrens Place, Rocawear, Bebe, Chicos, all Target brands, CKjeans, the Limited, and more.

    As a Full Time Faculty at Parsons Fashion, she developed their very first online course for Fashion Design and Illustration in 2008, which she still continues to teach today.

    A Brazilian and Jazz vocalist and single mom business owner, she lives an active, diverse 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:


    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, Brazilian and American jazz vocalist since 1992.

    Languages: Spanish French and Brazilian Portuguese.

    Africa Print Fashion and Brazilian fashion and artisan traditions

    Crochet and beadwork artisan.

    Current Courses

    Patternmaking (Spring 2020)

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