My daughter started taking classes at NEFDA in May 2019 as a sophomore after having taken fashion classes in NYC for 2 years. She loved the classes so much that she canceled her summer plans to spend the summer taking the Portfolio Class, Illustration, Pattern Making and Live Drawing. The intensive courses were well worth the long drives to Norwalk! Irina is a true talent whose passion is infectious. She works so well with the students and not only teaches them technique, but also conceptual thinking which takes their work to the next level. Kiko and Danchen were also excellent teachers of drawing and pattern making. My daughter is inspired and excited to spend the next year at the studio!!
Portfolio Class, Illustration, Pattern Making and Live Drawing - Mother – Scarsdale, NY 10/02/2019
I'm overjoyed to announce that i'll be attending London College of Fashion in England next year. It's been a long journey getting to this point but i wouldn't change it for anything. I'm so unbelievably thankful for the last 5 years I've had at New England Fashion Design Association and how much I've learned there. Irina, you will always be my motivation to push forward. you've taught me so much and i'm so grateful to have had you by my side all these years. NEFDA became my second home and i've met the most talented designers through it. I'm so thankful for the friends i've made and i'm very proud of all of us for continuing fashion design. I had the wonderful opportunity to grow up in that studio and learn all about myself and what i want and i will always be thankful for my experiences there. And to my wonderful parents who have supported me through everything, thank you. I love you both more than you even know and I appreciate everything you've done. I know this is a crazy path for me to take but i couldn't do it without your love and support. To anyone who's shown me and my work love over the years, thank you so much. I'm so excited to continue my studies in London and make myself a stronger designer.
Junior Fashion Design Academy, Pre-College Portfolio, Pattern Making, Fashion Illustration - Bela – Trumbull, CT 12/09/2017
This is a very late review, but I wanted to let you know that my daughter, Sophia, took a class this summer at the White Plains location and she had a great experience! It was the class that went to the Met to see the Rei Kawakubo exhibit and then made some dresses inspired by her designs. The class was taught by Ujwala and Lisa. They both did a great job with the girls and taught them a lot! We live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but we were visiting my mom in NY for July and Sophia took the class. She is very interested in fashion as a career but we didn't know anything about your school except for what was on the website. We gave it a try and Sophia just loved it. She wished she could have taken more classes. Thanks to the teachers for making the camp such a great experience!
Fashion Camp - Met & Me - Carin, Milwaukee, WI 11/03/2017
When I came to NEFDA five years ago I had some sewing experience but no real direction in designing as a true career path. Over the years I accumulated the skills necessary to get me into my top choice university - Cornell. For five years four days a week, I got out of school, got in the car, and drove thirty minutes to the place I find most inspiring. On these drives, I was alone with my thoughts and I often returned to the same one: “I am lucky.” I am lucky because it only takes me thirty minutes to get from my house to the place where I can embrace my creativity. As I walk up the stairs each time, I think of all the places the trains are going and how I wouldn’t trade any of their destinations for mine: New England Fashion Design Association, Norwalk, CT. It’s through these doors that there is a place so charged with creative energy that no one leaves uninspired. Illustrations cover every wall, garments fill every rack, and markers call from every shelf. Rolls of muslin and pattern paper occupy one corner, home sewing machines line the left wall, and industrial the right. There is inspiration in everything and often more in abstract concepts than in previous designs. It isn’t just that I get to learn design, sewing and sketching. It’s that I’ve developed a process which is unique, and this community of designers is like home to me. I can laugh one minute and enter hours of silence the next; it’s a reflection of the dedication we share. I am lucky for this studio hidden above the train, as it has allowed me to pursue my passion.
Junior Fashion Design Academy, Pre-College Portfolio, Pattern Making, Fashion Illustration - G.M. – Weston, CT 10/22/2017
Kiersten had a great time and we were both amazed by how much she learned and was able to accomplish in such a short time. I was a bit frustrated that we had registered for the afternoon time but had not been informed there were no other students in the afternoon and she would have to come in the morning (more more logistically difficult for us).
All told it was a successful week and she felt very proud and pleased with the results. Thanks,
Fashion Camp - Seamless - Designing without Seams - Katherine, Westport, CT 07/08/2017
I want to thank you for this amazing opportunity my daughter had. >My daughter, Nola, absolutely loved everyday day and wished the day was longer. I was wondering about future camps and if you have any sort of scholarship program as this was very costly for me for the week. Please let me know. Thank you again! It was great! Fashion Camp - Creating My first Collection - Kimberly, Dobbs Ferry, NY 07/01/2017
Fashion Camp - Short & Sweet - Christine, Darien, CT 07/01/2017
She Learned a lot and was always encouraged along the way Fashion Camp - Designing My First Dress - Andrea, Greenwich, CT 06/24/2017
After such a positive experience, Emma wanted to go farther with her design training. Under the mentorship and teaching of Irina, she worked for the last 4 months of her high school career on a Senior Project. She created a 3 room interactive fashion installation. She, under the expert guidance and teaching of Irina, designed and created 5 garments for the rooms, each room with a different theme (with dresses to reflect the theme in each room). Many of the techniques employed to create the dresses were new to Emma. She finished the year with what many would consider to be a College level capstone class exhibit. None of it could have been realized without the incredible teaching of Irina at NEFDA.
We are tremendously grateful to Irina for her dedication and passion in training young designers. Emma goes off to college in the Fall extraordinarily prepared, thanks to NEFDA.
Emma - West Harrison, New York 06/21/2017
Our daughter began taking classes at NEFDA in 2011 at the age of 12. What began as an interest quickly developed into a full-blown passion. The quality and variety of courses available at NEFDA is incredible and the amazing staff - led by Irina - really nurtures the students, teaches them real skills and encourages their creativity. I am truly amazed at the professional level of work that Maggie creates through this school, from fashion illustration and live model drawing, to pattern drafting and designing entire collections, to sewing and creating finished looks. Maggie has taken advantage of the many types of courses available and it has truly paid off with the skills and talent she now possesses. Her current portfolio of fashion collections and original garments is extremely impressive and clearly helped her earn her summer jobs in NYC’s Garment District. Irina and her staff are the best!
Jill and Jim - Weston, CT 10/08/2016
If you're on the fence about joining these classes, just read this and you'll sign up right away. I've been a student at NEFDA for 4 years now, starting when I was 12, with no knowledge of sewing. Sure, I drew outfits and cute clothing ever since I was little but never pursued it until I joined these classes. With the help of teachers we learn everything from the beginning stages like designing, then pattern making and of course sewing and finishing a garment. Over time I've learned so many skills that I even teach the kids during the summer camp. Along with learning how to make clothes, I've learned more about myself as well. I'm much more confident with who I am and how I want to display myself and I honestly owe it to these classes. This place is my second home and keeps me grounded when I need it. Through the years I've advanced my designing skills and have continued on to doing an incubator and junior design academy classes which really stretch your imagination and you see your potential. We design full collections based off an idea, doing research and mood boards and textile designs in between, then we eventually make a couple of the pieces. This school is not some crappy, simple dress making class, we make real pieces of clothing and make sure they look their best. In the end, I've had my best memories here and made some really amazing friends. With the help of Irina and Doreen and all the teachers we have I'm getting closer and closer to reaching my goal of being a fashion designer. It's truly an amazing environment with such talented people that you could never be truly bored.
Izabela - Trumbull, CT 08/25/2016
This summer will mark my fifth fabulous year coming to classes with New England Fashion and Design Association. I started coming to their summer camp when I was 11, and I only knew how to hand sew. With the help of the amazing teachers, I learned how to make my fist dress. Now I'm 16 and feel confident in my skills with everything I've learned from my absolutely amazing teachers and mentors. I learned how to sew with a machine, and use more advanced stitches like french seams, make my own clothing patterns for anything I could dream of making, and though I'm still working on my drawing, I know I can get my ideas through clearly with designs on paper. Coming to this camp and is the highlight of my summer with the fun and creative environment that gives me the freedom to learn, meet new friends, and let my creativity run free, all at the same time. I cannot thank Irina, Doreen, Karlene, and Aleena enough for teachining me so much!
Abbey - San Francisco, CA 7/31/2016
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