The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg is pleased to announce that Andrea Kolasinski Marcinkus, Ph.D. has joined the college as its Academic Director of both the Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing & Management degree programs.
Marcinkus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Design from Philadelphia University, as well as a Master of Science degree in Textiles and Clothing and a Ph.D. in Human Ecology: Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She brings a wealth of academic experience to her new position which includes working as an Assistant Professor in the fashion design department at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, WI.
Previously, Marcinkus owned Circe Designs
, a company that designed and produced original art accessories, historic costumes and historically inspired wedding gowns.
She also serves as a consultant for Kohl's corporate offices, advising and teaching textile trends and technology.
many publications include topics ranging from the history of women's clothing to nineteenth century female material producers.
is currently publishing a book entitled "Technology and Craft: How New Technologies are Changing the Way We Make Crafts."
Marcinkus is a member of the Popular Culture Association, American Culture Association, Textile Society of America, Surface Design Association, International Textile and Apparel Association and Educause.
professional service includes advising and presenting at numerous industry events.
When not at The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg
time between fashion and non-fashion related activities.
An avid collector of nineteenth century crafts and Central American folk art, she
also loves costume and participating in renaissance faires and costume conventions.
is currently starting a small steampunk-themed costume business with her
When not delving into fashion, she
enjoys spending time with her
horse and training others with natural horsemanship methods.