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New England Fashion+Design Association was found at 2006. Our mission is to bring knowledge and industry training in the field of fashion and design. We believe that fashion is not a craft, it is a profession and life style. 
Located in critically acclaimed South Norwalk, CT, the NEF+DA curriculum draws on both the deep rich traditions perfected in European Couture Houses and as well from contemporary design techniques. Provides students a fresh, hip industry current fashion experience and brings fashion to life.
All courses are taught by college professors for the best colleges in NYC. 
Our guest lecturers are established professionals from the industry.  
Irina Simeonova - Founder 
Professor at Parsons School of Design
Fashion Institute of Technology
Art Institute of Pittsburgh (online classes)
Art Institute of New York
MFA - Costume and Stage Design
Fashion Design and Textile Design 20+ experience in Europe and US.
Worked as a designer for Mary McFadden and other design houses. Featured at S/S 2000 New York Fashion Week, published in Collection, Look, New York Times, WWD, French Fashion TV.
Multiple Fashion Awards Winner.
Teaching experience, taught 5000+students in A.A.S, B.F.A. in Fashion Design as Assistant Professor for Parsons School of Design, FIT,Art Institute of Pittsburgh online,Art Institute New York, Fashion Design Program Director Gibbs College: Fashion Portfolio, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Sewing and Pattern Making
Doreen Rutty-Instructor
Professional Pattern Maker - 7th Ave. (35 years)
BFA in Clothing Construction
Professional Pattern Maker with long years of professional experience from Seventh Avenue. Her wast range of skills are making her invaluable addition to our Pattern Making Courses. Precision and work ethic is in the base of perfection and this is what Doreen teaches in her classes. She was a college professor for 10+ years. 
Trish McQuillen-Instuctor
Fashion Stylist ( 
BFA in Fashion Design
After leaving an exciting career at Giorgio Armani and moving to Fairfield County, Connecticut Trish McQuillen decided to teach what she had learned and experienced over the previous 12 years in New York to eager and artsy fashion students at a nearby college. Once again, she found herself favoring the course she knew only too well… merchandising. It was never so much the actual designing of clothes that compelled her into the field of fashion, but rather the excitement of creating outfits appropriate for anyone’s lifestyle and the pleasure of watching her clients’ relief and satisfaction in finding what really fits well and looks terrific.
Richard Sperber, CPA - Partner 
Strategic Development Director 
BSBA, Finance - University of Denver
Richard's strength is developing new areas of business for NEF+DA and problem solving on current logistics. His 30 years expertise in various industries in the capacity of CFO and CIO affords NEFDA to tap into this experience in order to bring the Company to the next level. His strong visionary skills directed the Company to create an infrastructure that has given us the ability to expand in other markets. 
Dan Nistor
Professor at Parsons School of Design
MFA in Fine Arts
Fashion Illustration and Live Model Drawing workshops, Fashion Photo Shop and Illustrator. Currently Dan is teaching at Parsons School of Design. He was a teacher in Art Institute and Gibbs College, Norwalk CT. He also worked as a model maker in a jewelry company on 49th Street, the Diamond District in NYC. His portfolio ranges from fine artist with multiple participation's at group shows around the world and a one man shows in Europe and the US.
Professor Karen Curinton-Rippy
Professor at Parsons New School of Design
BFA - Fashion Institute of Technology
Has been teaching in Fashion Design for over 25 years at the foremost Fashion Industry Colleges in Metro NY – Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute.  Has a variety of professional expertise focusing on intimate apparel and swimwear in the pattern making and product development.  She created Lamani Dolls that are ”one of a kind” with an ethnic flavor.
Has been given many awards for Excellence in Design plus The Adri’s Critic Choice Award and The Parsons New School of Fashion Faculty Award in 2013.
Her attention to her students is to pass on knowledge and help them succeed personally and professionally.
Kiril Hristov (

Professor at Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, NY
Professor at Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Ph.D. Fine Art - The National School of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria

Kiril Hristov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. From an early age he had developed an interest in films and art. Realizing his talents a teacher recommended that he applies at The National School of Fine Arts. After he was accepted at this prestigious university, he under went rigorous training and devotes his time to studying and improving his technique. He continued his education at the Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in 1978. Since then, Hristov takes part in shows and individual exhibitions in Bulgaria, Greece, Algeria, Austria, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Germany, Russia and the United States. A lot of his works are located in The National Art Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria, and also in many galleries and private collections in various cities in Bulgaria.
Debra Smith
BFA - Paier College of Art
Her Photoshop & Photography classes are a great opportunity to begin learning the technical and creative skills to produce a dynamic image. Her biggest passion is helping students learn how to refine their vision in a fun and creative manner. Debra is a graduate from Paier College of Art with a BFA in Photography and Digital Imaging. She has extensive knowledge in multiple areas of photography, and has been taught by professors that have worked with National Geographic, and Ansel Adams. She has shot events for Yale School of Medicine in New York City, and also has won several awards for her fine art pieces. Debra has also managed a successful wedding photography studio in Wilton, CT that has been around for 20 years.