Faculty Profile – Jerry Dellova

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Jerry (Gerard) Dellova has a BFA in Product Design: Apparel and Accessories from FIT. He is currently an adjunct asstistant professor in Fashion Design.  He teaches Senior Thesis Collection, CAD/KALEDO computer design, draping/construction, and visual concept classes, like Incubator. In addition he has taken on the role of department coordinator for Study Abroad.
Dellova has spent over 25 years as a fashion designer/designer director for upscale men's and women’s sportswear companies, including Barry Bricken, GWheels, Misook, Corbin Ltd, and Go Silk. He has overseen design of all product classifications, including knits/sweaters, wovens, and outerwear and traveled the world extensively for fabrics, trends, and sourcing.  He was profiled in the Style section of The New York Times and quoted in trade publications such as WWD, FGI, and Premiere Vision and consumer publications like the Washington Post and People. Dellova has spoken at multiple trade/industry events; has dressed Katie Couric for the Today Show and the Atlanta Olympics; consulted on clothing for TV; lectured to consumers on building a wardrobe; and produced fashion shows. He has also written for many publications as well as forecasted color and trend. His past consulting clients include; Defyance, Andrea Carrano, and Trend House, where he still is color and forecasting manager. He was an industry mentor for the Li & Fung 2018 Innovation Project, a team member of Jussara Lee’s “Hand me Up Project,” and has had his sketches included in Designing your Fashion Portfolio (Fairchild 2013).

Dellova is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Fashion News Workshop (former co-president and board member), DIFFA, The Fashion Group International, and the F.I.T. Alumni Association.

What did you find unique about this year's class?
Their level of creativity, balanced by the understanding of being new/innovative, yet salable.

Do you have any advice for the graduating class?
Never be afraid to fail. It is the only way we grow!

What is your favorite part about being a professor?
The kids! The classroom! The connection!
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