ILONKA S.P. [ ee - laun - kah ] - Director
As a young girl, Ilonka grew up in an environment that fostered artistic exploration. Her mother and grandmother, both Hungarian immigrants, owned a furrier and were a strong influence in her formative years when she became acquainted with sewing machines, fur, leather, fabrics, and a plethora of possibilities. As a teenager, she had a great interest in art, especially oil painting. Later, she would continue to focus on fashion design, successfully completing a degree in fashion and flat pattern design, after getting a scholarship in INACAP INSTITUTE, Chile - www.Inacap.cl - where she is from. Her interest in Fashion Illustration is key until today. After moving to Austin, she was re-invigorated by the fashion freedom and artistic atmosphere all around. She has since been actively involved with the local fashion community since 2011, creating pieces for Austin Fashion Week, Fashionably Pink and even showing a whole new collection in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She considers herself fortunate to work with several exclusive clients in town, while also contributing to the community by participating in many fundraising fashion events, including ART BRA, the signature fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Austin (BCRC) since 2013 until the present year. Ilonka served as the art director and hostess for the first Cycle Chic Fashion Show in Austin sponsored by Capital Metro and BikeTexas.org. She is #ASFD Director, where she also teaches core classes like: Fashion Illustration, Draping and Garment Construction, among other specialty courses and workshops. Very recently Ilonka hosted the first fashion show for #ASFD, where all students had the opportunity to shine on the runway of #Rainbowfashionshow at the Renaissance Hotel, invited by DSHS of Texas.
On January of 2017, 'The ASFD Academy for Young Designers' launches successfully, giving a huge opportunity to children from 8 up to 14 years old to access a four month fashion program, debuting at Austin Fashion Week by Fashion X at the JW Marriott on May 20th. Ilonka is also preparing the second school's official runway show, being a participant of the 'Rocky Rocks the Runway,' starring Rocky Gathercole, renowned Celebrity Designer, who's shoswing his collection in Austn for the second time, benefiting Faith + Love + Care, an International children's foundation, at the Van Zandt Hotel on June 25th. Ilonka shows a personal collection once a year. During 2016 is was at the well known fundraising 'Party in Pink.'
Image by Beatriz Medina Photography. Check out Ilonka's personal work at Ilonka Designs [ ee - lawn - kah ]
Stephanie Jimenez studied Textiles and Apparel at The University of Texas at Austin where her love affair with fashion illustration and art blossomed. In 2010 she became a freelance illustrator and graphic designer and has since worked with such esteemed clients as Ralph Lauren, Neiman Marcus, Ipsy, AT&T, Noonday Collection and many others. Stephanie joined the ASFD team back in the summer of 2015 and has contributed rebranding our school, bringing it into a new era of fashion education. Every month you can come to see Stephanie in action, when she's hosting her event "Illustrations and Libations" at our school, a fun social event where you will be amazed of your own illustrations. Stephanie stays as one of our most treasured collaborators.
LORETTA LEONG is a New York City native, Los Angeles resident and Parsons School of Design alum. She's had a successful career as an apparel designer in the fashion industry in both New York and Los Angeles. Since forming her freelance design business, she has been commissioned to design full line collections of clothing, handbags and accessories for various manufacturers and department stores. She has been commissioned by Los Angeles record labels, department stores and advertising agencies as the art director/designer for photo shoot costumes, album covers, musician's posters as well as for food and product ads and photo shoots.
Loretta has had a busy career life, is an avid world traveler and thrived in the intensity of Los Angeles and New York. She is excited to make Austin, Tx the new chapter in her life and ASFD is proud to have her on staff.
Cecelia Gay is a Florida native who now works as a costumer, seamstress, and wardrobe stylist in the Austin area. She's always had a passion for costuming and film from an early age and followed that desire by obtaining her B.F.A. in Fashion Design from the Miami International University of Art & Design with an emphasis on costume design and construction. Her journey beyond college started at the Florida Grand Opera where she honed her skills in both modern and period wear. In addition to her costuming prowess, Cecelia was trained in a multitude of computer related design. This includes C.A.D.(Computer Assisted Design - using Adobe software with a strong emphasis in Photoshop), Textile Design, Gerber (a digital pattern making software), as well as the creation of Technical Packets for foreign and domestic manufacturers. She has collaborated with many theaters and programs in the Austin area including Austin Shakespeare and TexArts. Cecelia's work has been on display in venues such as The Curtain Theater, Zilker Hillside Theater, and The Wimberley Players Theater. Cecelia is looking forward to sharing her passion for costuming and construction with all students coming to the Austin School of Fashion Design.