Chair, Fashion Design
Kathryn Hagen grew up in the Midwest where she developed a passion for both fashion and fine art. Her high school years were devoted to developing her fashion portfolio to get into the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York, the city of her dreams. After graduation from Parsons, she toured European museums for six months then worked on Seventh Avenue got a job at one of the last of the American couture houses, Teal Traina. Ultimately, she received a scholarship to the venerable Art Student’s League where she studied for three years with abstract expressionist Julian Levy.
The West Coast beckoned and Kathryn moved to Los Angeles to explore new opportunities. A fashion department had just been created at Otis College, sister school to Parsons, and Kathryn had a golden opportunity to participate in its development. She became full-time faculty and eventually a full professor, training and coordinating all drawing faculty for twenty-seven years and watching many of her talented former students succeed in the industry.
Still extremely involved in art production, Kathryn was accepted into the Otis Graduate program for Fine Art. In 1999 she received her BFA and MFA from Otis in Alternative Media. Subsequently, she began creating textbooks for Pearson/Prentice Hall, and is the author of Fashion Illustration for Designers and co-editor of Garb, A Reader on Fashion and Culture, and Portfolio for Fashion Designers [co-authored with Julie Hollinger]. Her books are translated into Korean and Chinese and used in classrooms all over the world. You can see her rendering demonstrations on many sites on YouTube. As the new Chair of fashion design at Woodbury University, Kathryn is extremely excited to put her many years of experience to use to make this revered program better than ever.
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