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Vivian Kelly

PT Faculty, NYC Studio

A nearly twenty year veteran of the fashion industry, this tri-lingual Duke Grad began her career as Grace Mirabella's second assistant [much as 'Andy Sachs' did in The Devil Wears Prada]. Unlike Andy, she found herself terminally attracted to the fashion industry, and continued-on to work as a PR intern at Chloe in Paris and later as the PR Director for Michael Kors in Manhattan. Next, she fulfilled a life-long ambition to be a magazine editor when she was named Bookings Editor at New Woman magazine. While at New Woman, she began her fashion-writing career with a book review and interview for The Hartford Courant of then-New York Times fashion critic Constance White’s latest book, Style Noir. Since then, she has contributed to numerous trade, consumer magazines and newspapers covering fashion, beauty and home décor. A two-year period followed, in which, she served as Lucire Magazine’s Senior Beauty and Accessories Writer, and had the honor of profiling industry icons such as ‘the king of long hair”, Oribe Canales, makeup maestro, Francois Nars and couturier, Ralph Rucci.

These days, she teaches on-line fashion journalism for San Francisco’s prestigious Academy of Arts University and greatly enjoys interacting with 20-somethings and be tuned-in 24/7 to their particular zeitgest and sharing her continuing fashion adventure with them in class and through her blog, The Fashion Examiner.


Vivian Kelly
School of Fashion Design and Merchandising