Yissel Ayala

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  • date: 11-10-16
I love fashion design as much as I love donuts, which is to say A LOT! Alas, I don't have a BFA in donuts. Me: Education. Experience. Enthusiasm! Not to mention, humor, talent and a wealth of ideas. Fair warning: I also bake things.
  • Region(s):
  • NY Metro, United Kingdom, International

The Clean Room

The Clean Room X
Gail Simone's brilliant new horror comic-- featuring the art and designs of Jonathan Davis Hunt-- inspired this seasonless, day to evening workwear collection.

Gotham Academy

Gotham Academy X
Hogwarts in Gotham City serves as the backdrop for this mystery series for young readers. Fans of Batman, YA Lit and Shoujo manga will appreciate this series, whose gorgeous aesthetic inspires this youthful sportswear collection. Whimsy over preppy.


Barcoco X
Inspired by my recent trip to the Met for the Vigée Le Brun exhibit, I looked at design in the time of Marie Antoinette and gave her a modern, sporty twist. Think: sweatshirts in macaroon colors with filigree appliqués.

Phone Doodles

Phone Doodles X
Sketches done on my Samsung Note 3

Spec Sheet Samples

Spec Sheet Samples X

Clean Room Published Design

Clean Room Published Design X
My work featured in the latest issue of Clean Room Issue #13!
  • Category

  • Market Segments

    Fashion Illustration
  • Specialties

    Contemporary Sportswear
  • Availability

  • Relocation

  • Schools/Training

    Politecnico di Milano
    High School of Fashion Industries
  • Social

More Information


*European aesthetic and international fashion design experience.
•*Extensive knowledge of fashion industry and design trends
•*Proficiency in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, CAD, MS Word, Excel, PDM
•*Strong design, conceptual and free hand illustration
•*Excellent organizational and time-management
•*Strong verbal and written communication
•*Close attention to detail, multitasking
•*Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline oriented team environment
*Five years experience in a managerial role


2016 - DC COMICS/ VERTIGO | Contributed designs to Clean Room comic, featured on main character

2010 - COLLEZIONI RUSSIA | Featured in September issue
- FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY | Selected to represent Sportswear Majors on FIT’s widely
profiled Future of Fashion blog,

2009 - LA TRIENNIALE DI MILANO | Illustrations featured in design museum


Fashion Institute of Technology , State University of New York
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Women’s Sportswear 2010

Politecnico Di Milano , Milan, Italy Knitwear Design Focus


Geek Girl Brunch Co-founder May. 2014- Present

● Overseeing 80+ international chapters, including regular communications with officers overseas
● Establishing and maintaining partner and sponsor relationships

Valiant Entertainment Design & Sales Intern May. 2015 - Oct. 2015

● Hand illustrated comic pages for editorial and educational purposes
● Conceptualized, designed, and photographed original content for social media
● Researched graphic design trends for marketing, forecasts and creative inspiration
● Created and maintained several ongoing newsletter, sales and image databases
● Grossed over 2k in one weekend by hand-selling at a convention

Dr. Martens AirWair USA Senior Keyholder Oct. 2010 - Oct. 2014

● Earned the store over 13% of its annual sales through display, speed and exceptional customer
● Designed, sourced, shopped, and budgeted for in-store displays

Michael Kors Inc. Design Intern – Special Markets Feb. 2010 - May. 2010

● Supported in all areas of design including: hand drawing and garment specs, CAD renderings of
original denim embellishments, updating pieces on PDM, assembling boards for line meetings,
managing linesheets, choosing and filing swatches and denim samples, trim sourcing, sewing
● Contributed original designs to the Holiday and Spring 2011 MICHAEL Michael Kors collections
● Maintained the showroom and set up merchandise presentations for client meetings

Intricate Concepts/ Fourfront Clothing Graphic Design Assistant Feb. 2008 - Aug. 2008

● Contributed a featured design to a client’s brand, that was used in all their marketing and
● Produced full color CAD renderings of garments
● Assisted in the design of t-shirt graphics and branding for various clients

Museum @ FIT Photography Assistant Aug. 2004 - May. 2005

● Organized photographs for documentation, publicity, and promotion
● Handled museum pieces from Costume & Accessories departments for shoots
● Sorted and archived slides and printed media

SKILLS : Hand Sketching, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Draping, Flat Pattern Making,
Microsoft Office, CAD Design, Garment Construction, Concept and Line Development, PDM

Awards & Recognition

Finalist in ELLE Magazine X BYCO Design Competition 2013/14
Dean's List, Phi Theta Kappa, garment selected for senior exhibit, NAMSB (National Association of Men’s Sportswear Buyers) Incentive Award, Liz Claiborne Incentive Awards, Outstanding Services to the school

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