Francesca Liberatore was born in Rome in 1983 and graduated from Central Saint Martins in London where she studied Fashion Design. In 2009, she won the Next Generation competition sponsored by the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (the National Chamber for Italian Fashion) with her first solo collection. She has been called a "child prodigy" by many in the fashion business, and has been invited to exhibit her creations in Rome, Paris, London, Tokyo, and New York. In addition to designing and teaching, she also participates in philanthropic service initiatives such as Unicef's "A t-shirt for life," a fund-raising campaign against infant mortality.
In the last year, Francesca has shown both her Spring Summer 2015 and Fall Winter 2015/16 collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York in the Salon of Lincoln Center.
Kelly Cutrone is the CEO and Founder of People’s Revolution a multi faceted Communications and Branding firm headquartered in New York City. She is a New York Times and National best selling author. Cutrone has appeared consecutively for the past decade on The Hills, The City, Kell on Earth, The Kelly Cutrone Project, Dr. Phil and America’s Next Top Model.
Laurie DeJong is CEO of LDJ Productions, a NYC-based event management company. She is a 1987 Marist graduate and member of the College’s Board of Trustees. LDJ’s portfolio of clients include: L’Oréal, Yahoo, Live Person, Victoria’s Secret, Nickelodeon, and IMG where LDJ provides full production management services for all of IMG’s North American Fashion Weeks.
Under Laurie’s leadership, LDJ has grown to a multimillion-dollar operation. LDJ’s culture is built on a strong sense of community, dedication to professional growth, and social responsibility. LDJ was recently appointed as a founding member of Great Lakes Arts Association, a collaborative of the East African nations of Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Congo, and Burundi, working together to develop their arts programs. LDJ produced the first East Africa Fashion Collaborative in May 2014. (ldjproductions.com)
After graduating from the Fashion Design Program at Marist in 1988, J.R. immediately set out to launch his own brand, Morrissey. Morrissey demonstrates the designer’s affinity for superior construction, attention to detail, quality fabric, and great fit. Building on the surge in domestic production, JR has created “Factory,” a network of boutique manufacturing within the five boroughs of NYC. Dedicated to providing brands with resources and skills necessary to streamline their sample to production process, as well as the intimacy and convenience that come hand in hand with local manufacturing.
J.R. presides over the Marist Fashion Advisory Board.
Students of NYFW
Over 200 Marist students are involved in every step of the the planning and execution of the reprise production and reception. Working closely with People's Revolution, Francesca Liberatore's PR firm, our students gain valuable, real-world experience backstage, in the press stands, and in the front of house on the day of the show. You can meet some of these amazing individuals at the Gotham Hall reception.