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The Instructors

The Instructors
March 2014
Art Institute of Charleston (Ai) fashion program faculty who bring real-world experience to the table for their students

(from left to right)

Julie Wheat
Who: Designer of CAVORTRESS women’s clothing, CAVORTRESS boutique owner, wardrobe designer/stylist, and Ai adjunct instructor
Teaches: Portfolio mostly as well as media planning, buying, product development, and market research
Education: BS in art education, State University of New York College at Buffalo and MS in education, Canisius College
Awards & Accolades: CFW 2011 Emerging Designer Competition: East semifinalist
Up Next: Check out the CAVORTRESS CFW runway show on March 19.
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Lynne Riding
Who: Artist, fashion illustrator, and Ai fashion department chair
Teaches: Fashion drawing, fashion history, fundamentals of pattern-making, advanced construction, brand strategy, intro to retailing, and drawing
Education: BA in fashion and textiles from Manchester College of Art and MFA in painting from San Francisco Art Institute
Clients: Vogue, H&M, Topshop, Marie Claire, Marks & Spencer UK, and Harvey Nichols
Up Next: Lynne has overseen the Ai Charleston Student Show, which hits the CFW runway on March 19.
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Ashley Reid Martin
Who: Clothing and jewelry designer of Clewis Reid and Ai faculty member
Education: BA in anthropology, UNC Chapel Hill and MFA in fashion design, Savannah College of Art and Design
Teaches: Survey of the fashion industry, apparel evaluation and construction, trends and concepts in apparel, event and fashion show production, technical drawing and design, sales and event promotion, product development, and manufacturing
Up Next: Focusing on her custom jewelry orders and baby number two arriving in July
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