Mariam Anna Barska
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MARIAM ANNA BARSKA
SENIOR FASHION DESIGNER & CONSULTANT
Top-performing, results-driven, and accomplished fashion industry professional a proven track record of designing, developing, launching, and building well-known womens brands sold in high-end retail stores complemented by a strong background as a runway designer. Demonstrated ability to leverage a high level of taste and excellent sense of color with a strong passion for prints, pattern, and details to create unique, colorful, and stylish lines that turnaround fledgling brands and increase revenue. Highly skilled at identifying trends with a strong knowledge of fabric/yarn direction and garment construction. Recognized leader capable of training and motivating team members to meet and exceed organizational and individual goals. Exemplary interpersonal skills used in interacting and building strategic relationships with associates, designers, design assistants, graphic designers, patternmakers, senior leaders, vendors, and clients.
AREAS OF STRENGTH
-Fashion & Style
-Designs sold at high-end retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, Nordstrom, Macys, Bloomingdales, BCBG, a n d Herve Leger by Max Azria; Designs also featured on runways.
-Designs selected for editorial shots in a variety of well-known fashion magazines and websites, including Vogue, Allure, Elle, Interview, Instyle, Fashion, Marie Claire, Glamour, Bazaar, Runway, and Shape
-Dressed celebrities and top topfashion models,includingDianeKruger,JLo,KateWinslet,KateBeckinsale,Kate Bosworth, Victoria Beckham, Lindsay Lohan, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Maggie Q, Keira Knightley, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Megan Fox, and Blake Lively.
BAILEY44, Vernon, CA 2015-Present
Design Director/Consultant for Ali & Jay (http://ali-jay.com)
Help to build a new line from concept to production.
Fabric sourcing, Print direction, Color direction.
Fit initial drapes and through production with technical design team.
Collaborate with Photo Shoot for each season.
SELF-EMPLOYED, Los Angeles, CA 2012-2015
Design Director, Senior Designer Consultant
Advised on creative concept, trend, color, print/pattern, and collection design for a variety of collections, including the Wear to Work, Weekend, Party Lifestyles and Bebe Gold label. Designed, developed, and directed collections, including creating tops, dresses, sweater styles, and party dresses. Supported different brands to fulfill blueprint needs on a monthly, quarterly, and seasonal basis by establishing key looks, silhouettes, and styles. Ensured a one-eye point delivery for customers by collaborating with design teams.
-Designs selected for The New Fall/Winter digital ad campaigns as part of a Bebe repositioning effort as a fashion brand appealing to irreverent, confident, women.
-Designs generated more than 6M Twitter and Instagram impressions, increasing sales.
-Successfully turned around sweater department from comp sales of -50% to 50%.
-Assisted design team in effectively redesigning collection by improving style after conducting extensive research.
-Styled entire collection presentations by focusing on a cohesive look.
GUESS by Marciano, Los Angeles, CA 2011-2012
Enhanced and influenced collection by working closely with design team and improved adoption rate. Helped in successfully launching Elin Kling for Marciano collection by working closely with Elin Kling. Oversaw entire line in all categories by reviewing and approving sketches for all designers. Ensured high-level of production and operational efficiency by supervisingandinitiatingdailyworkloadfordesigners,associate,designassistants,graphic designer,andpattern-makers, TraveledtoUSandEuropeforinspiration,shoppingandshows,includingPV,PittiFilatiandIntermezzoNYC.Preparedmood, development, and sketch boards to focus design team direction and provide design cohesion, as well as overseeing product launch. Fitted first samples through pre-production. Ensured garment constructions followed by working closely with patternmakers.
-Marciano brand recognized as a contemporary, cool brand rather than merely a better market brand.
-Helped drive sales with well-recognized and contemporary brands that suited buyers tastes.
BCBG Max Azria Group, Vernon, CA 2006-2011
Runway Senior Designer for Hervé Léger by Max Azria, 2008-2011; Designer for Hervé Léger by Max Azria, 2006-2008; Designer, 2006-2007
Designed and developed Hervé Léger runway line in all categories. Created new designs and patterns by researching ideas and preparing mood and development boards. Ensured all product deadlines met by supervising and initiating daily work load for designers and design associates. Oversaw technical packages in Web PDM. Fitted first samples through final runway ready samples. Assured garment construction met by partnering with patternmakers. Developed designs for events, including the Oscars, Golden Globes, Canes Film Festival, movie premieres, red carpet appearances, and music awards, by collaborating with Creative Director. Designed and developed BCBG day dresses for each season. Created sweaters for Max Azria private label.
-Instrumental role in increasing company revenue from $1M to $15M.
integrity and identity.
PERRY ELLIS/LAUNDRY by Shelli Segal, Commerce, CA 2005-2006
Collaborated with Design Director to design and develop main sweater line for each month in the season. Prepared technical packages for oversees. Fitted proto samples through production to ensure fit and look met. Sourced new yarns overseas and Europe.
GOLDEN TOUCH GROUP, New York, NY 1999-2002
Played significant role in increasing company revenue from $75M to more than $80M. Updated, designed, and developed womens, juniors and childrens line, including stripes, jacquard, embroidery, novelty, and contemporary. Modified and approved technical specifications. Communicated overseas for product development and production. Monitored products in production to ensure adherence to specifications and quality.
EMINENT SPORTSWEAR, New York, NY
Designer 1993-1999 Merchandised and designed womens woven, sweaters and cut & sew knit line. Created original prints and layouts. Researched new concepts and trends to influence direction of current and projected lines and fabric selection. Directed and supervised technicians. Met production deadlines by establishing work priorities.
Baruch College, Business, New York, NY
Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion Design, New York, NY