Victoria Taylor has a Bachelor of Fine Art in Fashion Design from the University of North Texas with a minor in Marketing. Victoria worked in the Dallas market for several years and had various job experiences within the fashion industry including, customer service rep, sample lace cutter, designer assistant, first pattern maker, production pattern maker and Lectra Systems tech for marking and grading, to name a few. Victoria has been an instructor at ACC for the last 3 years and has been instrumental in helping the Fashion Design Certificate program develop. She has continued her love of learning new skills, with recent training courses using the new Gerber Technologies software Yunique PLM, Accumark 2D and Accumark 3D and training on the Gerber Cutworks Z1 Cutter. Victoria is the Department Chair for the Fashion Design program and Professor for the Associates of Applied Science Fashion Design program that launched in Spring 2020.
Janie Kang has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Austin and 10 years of Fashion Industry experience. After graduating with a Fashion Design major from the University of Texas at Austin, she worked over 10 years in the high-end fashion industry at New York City. She has worked with the creative team of design houses such as Carolina Herrera, The Row, Oscar De La Renta, Rosie Assoulin, and Marina Moscone. Her experiences range from apparel design, technical design, atelier management, to product development. She relocated to Austin in 2021 where she works as a mentor for fashion students and recent graduates to transition into the work field.
Erica K. Lindy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising from Texas Women’s University. Upon graduating TWU, Erica was awarded a much coveted design scholarship to the Paris Fashion Institute in France. While there, she continued her studies under the tutelage of world renowned instructors and ateliers becoming a couture trained seamstress. Her career has been in all facets of the fashion industry including retail management, production and sales management, and commercial wholesale design. She also runs her own bespoke design and alterations business creating beautiful couture pieces.
Suzie Gallehugh has over twenty years design experience. She is the owner and designer of Suzanna Dai, a collection of high end beaded and embroidered fashion jewelry. Suzie’s designs have been carried in luxury department stores and boutiques worldwide including Neiman Marcus and Anthropologie, have been worn by tastemakers such as Michelle Obama, and have been featured as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. Before starting her line, Suzie honed her skills at various companies in NYC, including: couturier Ralph Rucci, Alexander Doll Company, Jones New York Dress, Kim Seybert, and LOFT, where she collaborated on a line with Giuliana Rancic for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Suzie is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her BBA in Marketing in 1999. She also holds an associate’s degree in Fashion Design from NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology, with a specialization in Tailored Design.
Stef Atkinson is a multidisciplinary designer with focuses in sustainability, textile design, and footwear and accessory design. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Design Communications from Belmont University and a Master of Science in Sustainability Studies from Texas State University. Her academic research in consumer science has been published by the Journal of Product & Brand Management. Stef has worked in the fashion industry for almost a decade, designing for small, sustainable brands as well as large fashion retailers. With over a decade of experience, she also has expertise in the field of graphic design.
Yvonne Hsi has a BFA from Pratt Institute. They have twenty years of fashion industry experience from New York & Los Angeles, including design, technical design, buying and site merchandising. The bulk of Yvonne’s career has been leading mass market apparel design teams in all categories: women, men, kids and baby. They’ve worked with direct-to-consumer, private labels, wholesale and nationwide retailers such as The Gap, Aeropostale, Kmart, Big5, Lucky Brand and Disney.
Candy Morales is a Fashion Designer that enjoys the creative and developmental process of design. She has an Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design and is in the process of completing an Associates degree in Dance, both from Austin Community College. She also has a Software Engineering degree from the University Alejandro of Humboldt from Venezuela. Candy shares a passion between Fashion and Dance because they create a balance in her life and she loves to blend them. She has 10 years of experience in the Fashion Design field. Candy recently was commissioned to design “The Riverbat Dress” for an executive at Austin Community College. She also has experience working with textile prints and design, pattern making, stitching, and as a sample cutter. She is currently working as a manufacturer and sample maker for a local company that works with local Fashion Designers from the Austin area. Candy has her own company and brand, Crystal Fashion Design, that is focused on custom design items for women.