Lavanya Badrinath

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Highly creative, resourceful and dedicated design professional with strong education and varied work experience from India and the USA. Special interests are creative and technical design, education services and sales



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  • Technologies

    Gerber Systems - Accumark & Web PDM
    Adobe Creative Suite
    Adobe PageMaker
    Microsoft Office
    Corel Draw
  • Schools/Training

    The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago
    National Institute of Fashion Technlogy India
    National Institute of Information Technology India

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Lavanya Badrinath

Summary of Qualifications

· Keen aptitude for style, design, fabric, fit and color
· In-depth ability in research, sourcing, concept and line development & sketching ideas
· Strong communication, presentation, multi-tasking & time management skills


· The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago 09/08
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree – Fashion Design – Honor Roll Student – GPA 3.8 / 4.0

· The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago 09/07 – 12/07
Study Abroad Program, Milan - Fashion Week
- Industry visits to silk, wool and shoe factories, designer boutiques & top fashion schools

· National Institute of Fashion Technology, India 09/97 – 05/00
3-Year Graduate Professional Diploma in Fashion Design

· National Institute of Information Technology, India 09/96 – 04/97
Advanced Certificate in PC Applications
- MS-Office [Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access]
- Basic HTML

Related Experience

· Lakme India Fashion Week, India March 2010
Fashion Journalist and Photographer representing The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago

· Institute of Design, Chennai, india 10/08 – 12/08
Guest Lecturer – Technical Design, Concept and Line Development, Adobe Creative Suite, Seam Finishes & Presentation Skills

· The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago 01/08 – 09/08
Tutor – Gerber Systems, Adobe Creative Suite and Garment Construction

· Cynthia Ashby Inc., Chicago, IL 06/08 – 09/08
Technical Design and Production Intern

· 9 ½ Weeks: The METAMOORPHOSE Project, Chicago 04/08
Production Assistant, Final photo shoot for launch of Holistic Cosmetic Line by Akua Auset

· FAME Fashion Show, The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago 04/08
‘Pavone’ – contemporary designer RTW collection in runway show using vibrant custom-made Indian silk

· UNITY Fashion Show, Northwestern University, Chicago 01/08
One of 3 student designers to present runway collection & Official photographer of the event
The Collection – ‘Earthen Basis’, concept wear in textured silk inspired by the Indus Valley civilization

Work Experience

· Freelance Designer 10/08 – Present
Custom Designing, Fashion PR and Technical Consulting for new businesses

· Pearl Academy of Fashion, Chennai, India 07/09 – 06/10
Senior Lecturer - Modules taught:
Basic and Advanced Draping for the Masters in Fashion program &
Fashion Awareness and Creative Apparel Design for the Clothing Foundation program

· JRT Ltd., Merchandise Mart, Chicago 10/07 – 04/08
STYLEMAX Trade Show Assistant – Sample prep, Booth set-up and Order recording

· GAP Inc. USA 08/05 – 10/06
Sales Associate; Sales Achievement – During tenure at Gap store in Woodbury, Minneapolis, sold 54 brand credit cards for June 2006 as against individual monthly employee goal of 3 credit cards only

· Arvind Garments Ltd., India 06/02 – 09/02
Showroom Manager for Lee & Wrangler – In-charge of all retail operations including sales, local marketing, stock re-ordering, employee schedules/training and reports for corporate office

· Ambattur Clothing Ltd., India 06/00 – 09/01
Merchandiser – Coordinated all stages of export order execution from order negotiation to shipping of inspected finished goods for Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor & Banana Republic

· Software Solutions Integrated Limited., India 01/97 – 09/97
Education Consultant – Responsible for converting prospective enquiries into enrolled students in the company\'s client-server technology programs, primarily Oracle


· Proficient in MS-Office [Word, Excel & Power-Point], Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe In-Design, Garment Construction, Hand Embroidery & Gerber Systems for pattern making and marker planning. Working knowledge of CorelDraw, Adobe Page-Maker, Web-PDM & U4ia

Awards, Affiliations & Memberships

· Recipient of the Stanley Paul ~ Raelene Mittelman Scholarship toward ‘The Business of Fashion’ seminar series by the Apparel Industry Board Inc., Chicago

· Recipient of ‘The Most Outstanding Student of the Quarter Scholarship’ in Spring 2007 awarded by The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago

· Ffolio-NIFT1 award for the ‘Most Commercially Viable Design Collection’ of the year 2000
1ffolio is a leading design house in India; NIFT is the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India

· Member of the Apparel Industry Board Inc., Chicago

· Member of Business Network Chicago

· Member and registered organ donor of Donate Life Illinois

· Member and monthly contributor of Greenpeace USA

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