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Karolyn Kiisel

Karolyn Kiisel has taught in fashion for over 25 years at Otis College of Art & Design and Woodbury University. Her book Draping, The Complete Course was released in 2013 and has been translated into 7 languages and adopted as a textbook at fashion schools internationally.

Soon to be published, her second book, Advanced Creative Draping, will involve conceptual, avant-garde, and couture level draping.

Her fashion designs have appeared on the red carpet and graced to cover of Women's Wear Daily.

A graduate of UC Berkeley, her costume designs have appeared widely on screen and stage. Recent designs for orchestra and opera soloists include those worn by the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Currently, her spacious downtown LA loft serves as a local resource, being used as a workshop for costume designers and as a fashion event space.