The Ellen Gang Design Studio

 Offering courses during the school year as well as immersive summer experiences, The Ellen Gang Design Studio teaches teens and young adults to experience the joy of design. As students plan, construct, and model their own garments, they learn to harness their creativity, build confidence, and develop critical thinking skills. 

    As part of its mission, the Design Studio also encourages its students to think about social responsibility and ways of giving back to the community.


In 2014, the Design Studio partnered with Mitchell's of Westport to produce a fashion show that raised $6500 for Kids in Distressed Situations (KiDS/Fashion Delivers). For photos of the fashion show, click hereRead more about the fashion show.


In 2015, the Design Studio showcased students’ work at our FASHION TALKS 

event.  The studio raised funds for the newly established Teen Advisory Council 

at W.A.C.  (Several students at The Ellen Gang Design Studio are members of 

the T.A.C.) Students and guests were inspired by a panel of young industry professionals representing a variety of fields: style and trends, magazines, costume design,  fashion buying, merchandising and design. For photos of the FASHION TALKS event, click here.


About Ellen S Gang


— 35+ years in fashion design industry

— 20+ years as a Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

— Featured in The New York Times, Women's Wear Daily, Bridal Guide,    

         Westport Magazine, FOX News

Three-time Earnie Award Winner for Excellence in Children's Wear

—Director of Design and Merchandising, Knitwaves Inc., 1976-1999


As director of Design and Merchandising at Knitwaves Inc, Ellen was responsible for overseeing the studio with sewers, cutters, artists, garment duplication, and final fit approval.  She designed fashion forward collections for infants, toddlers, 4-6x, 7-16, young junior lines, and licensed properties.  Additional honors include:  Industry Critic for FIT Children’s Wear Specialization; Tommy Award Nominee; member of  FIT Industry Advisory Board and FIT Children’s Wear Advisory Board; Waldorf Astoria & FIT Celebration of New York and The New York Times. 


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