Faculty Profile – Nicole Benefield

Nicole Benefield
Nicole Benefield is an assistant professor in the Fashion Design department at FIT and a graduate of Parsons School of Design.
She is the founder and creative director of her contemporary brand, Nicole Benefield Portfolio, and is an interim member of the CFDA. Nicole Benefield Portfolio has been featured in New York Fashion Week events with the Black in Fashion Council and Harlem's Fashion Row. In 2023, the Abercrombie & Fitch X Harlem's Fashion Row X Nicole Benefield collaboration was launched and sold across Abercrombie & Fitch omni-channels. Before establishing her brand, Benefield held leadership roles at specialty retail brands, including Loft, Ann Taylor, Lou & Grey, and Banana Republic.

What did you find unique about this year's class?
There was a unique balance of students that were either authoritative in their experimentation with fabrication or dialed in on details.  What they all had in common was their focus on elevated shapes and proportions.

Do you have any advice for the graduating class?
Keep up the momentum and trust that your work matters.

What is your favorite part about being a professor?
Seeing a students believe in themselves, which allows them to create joyfully.
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