Moore Alumna Melissa D'Agostino Named Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Designer-in-Residence

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    Melissa D'Agostino '02

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA)
– Moore College of Art & Design congratulates alumna Melissa D’Agostino ’02 who has been named a Designer-in-Residence for the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator (PFI) at Macy’s Center City. The announcement was made at a press conference held at Macy’s Center City on March 1, 2012 which was also attended by Honorable Mayor Michael Nutter. D’Agostino was one of four Designers-in-Residence (DIR) named.  Each of the four winners were chosen during a competitive process conducted by the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator.

The purpose of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator is to support and promote Philadelphia’s emerging fashion designers including graduates of the design programs at Moore College of Art & Design, Drexel University and Philadelphia University, as well as the region’s fashion design community. The Designers-in-Residence will participate in a year-long fashion design mentorship program at Macy’s Center City Philadelphia. PFI is a collaboration between the Center City District, the City of Philadelphia, Macy's Center City and the three schools.

D’Agostino graduated from Moore in 2002 with a major in fine arts and minor in textile design. During her time as a student, D’Agostino received the Harriet Sartain Traveling Fellowship and the Von Hess Scholarship and Fellowship. “My interest in Environmental Art and Alternative Architecture nurtured during my fellowships from Moore really informed my decision to pursue a sustainable business with an eco-conscious vision for hand-made fashion,” she says.

D’Agostino’s cross-disciplinary education at Moore allowed her to easily transition from the field of fine arts and textiles to fashion design. D’Agostino credits the small creative community and support of faculty and peers at Moore for creating an atmosphere that promotes an interactive relationship between majors. “My experience at Moore was interdisciplinary, creatively rigorous and academically challenging,” says D’Agostino. “Several Moore faculty, fellow alumnae and staff have played a major role in my development and are still actively influencing my artistic life to this day as professional mentors. Moore’s community is itself a great facilitator and support system for professional artists like myself”.

Starting her business – D’Agostino Fashion Textile Design – in 2009, D’Agostino hand-dyes textiles employing traditional shibori dyeing techniques to create her custom garments and accessories. “Given my background in sculpture and textile design, the designs for the collection are based on the dialogue between two-dimensional surfaces and three-dimensional volumes,” says D’Agostino.

“We are very excited for Melissa and proud of this tremendous accomplishment,” says Janice Lewis, chair of the Fashion Design department at Moore. “Her acceptance into the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator comes at the right stage in her career; participation in the program will help her build her brand and grow her business. This is really a testament to the outstanding academic program here at Moore – students get a well-rounded education and are able to customize their educational experience. Many will major in one discipline and minor in a complementary area as Melissa did.”

D’Agostino looks forward to the experience and to growing her business.  “I am honored to be chosen,” says D’Agostino. “I’m excited to move forward into the rigors of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator and look forward to taking advantage of all the opportunities and experiences that the program has to offer. The visibility of Macy’s Center City is such a great place to continue to establish and grow D'Agostino Fashion Textile Design. I am ready to contribute my heart and soul into the launching of the 2012 Philadelphia Fashion Incubator experience”.

As a Designer-in-Residence, D’Agostino will have access to office and design/work space, a production room and a showroom/conference room at Macy's Center City designed to help her launch and further grow her company in the City of Philadelphia. Each Designer-in-Residence will also receive mentoring from industry and business professionals along with a significant schedule of monthly workshops focused on the business of fashion. Workshops will include topics on creating a business plan, marketing strategy, and identifying legal needs and funding. The tailored curriculum will be offered by community leaders, industry experts and fashion insiders.

To view Melissa D’Agostino’s work, visit

Find the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at

Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit
Published on March 1st, 2012