Andrea Marcinkus

Andrea Kolasinski Marcinkus

Academic Affairs-Campus Head C at Illinois Institute of Art

350 North Orleans, Chicago, Illinois, United States
HQ Phone:
(312) 280-3500

General Information


Owner and Designer  - The Artifixer

Assistant Professor, Fashion Program  - Mount Mary College


B.S.  - Textile Design , Philadelphia College of Textile and Science

Bachelor of Science degree  - Textile Design , Philadelphia University

M.S.  - University

M.S. degree  - Textiles and Clothing , University of Wisconsin - Madison

Master of Science degree  - Textiles and Clothing , University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ph.D.  - The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg

Ph.D.  - Human Ecology , University of Wisconsin-Madison

doctoral degree  - Design Studies , University of Wisconsin

doctoral degree  - Design Studies , University of Wisconsin - Madison


Member  - EDUCAUSE

Member  - Surface Design Association

Member  - Textile Society of America

Member  - American Culture Association

Member  - Popular Culture Association

Member  - International Textile and Apparel Association

Recent News  

"It is absolutely anything," says Andrea Kolasinski Marcinkus, Academic Director for Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing & Management at The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg.
Marcinkus is an avid Mardi Gras fan and frequent spectator. Overly-sexualized costumes and gender crossing dress are also common, Marcinkus says. And because of the city's French origins, people often dress in costumes illustrating French history and culture, complete with powdered wigs. But a theme is not a necessity for spectators, who can and do dress in the types of costumes seen at Halloween - everything from animals to nurses. Mardi Gras, however, is not a party-goer's average Halloween. "It's Halloween times ten," says Marcinkus. For Marcinkus, one of the best parts of Mardi Gras is seeing the krewe known as the Mardi Gras Indians, whose costumes are some of the most intricate and beautiful of all of Mardi Gras. "Their costumes look like plains Indians with huge feathers and bells," she explains. "If you have the skills, you can make the costume," says Marcinkus.

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"Traditional animal influences return, but more intriguingly, we are seeing just as many avian inspirations," says Andrea Kolasinski Marcinkus, academic director of Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing & Management at The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg.
She says that anything with birds or feathers is hot right now, from realistic bird prints, to feather trim.

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Andrea Marcinkus, program coordinator for the fashion programs at The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg, shares, "Any designer's biggest challenge is to make the bride look great on her special day; a well-designed dress should hide any flaws - this means brides of all shapes and sizes need to be guided on what looks best for her frame.
Marcinkus, Reed and Zeller all agree that there are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for the dress:

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