Sally DiMarco, fashion designer, educator, and author, was the guest speaker at TFAC's October meeting. Coming from a family rooted in the fashion industry, Sally immigrated to the US from Sicily and began work in the Baltimore fashion industry. At the time Baltimore was second to New York as a leader in the fashion industry. She began her fashion career working for Liberman Brothers and as the chief assistant to the fashion designer at Baltimore-based Glenbrook Coat Company, which created the fur-lined coat collections for such noted names as Chanel, Yves St Laurent, and Dior. Along the way she earned a BA in Fashion Design from Maryland Institute College of Art (where she won the Claire McCardell Senior of the Year award) and an MA in Higher Education from The Johns Hopkins University.
Image credit: Francesca Di Marco
From 1976 to retirement in 2010, she was an associate professor and program coordinator for the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Fashion Design and Merchandising Program.
In 2010 she wrote the fashion design textbook Draping Basics, published by Bloomsbury-Fairchild Books. After her retirement she used her training in the fashion industry to produce over 3,000 masks for use in the pandemic, donating the proceeds to charity.
Due to technical difficulties, Sally's live presentation wasn't recorded properly. But you can download and enjoy seeing her PowerPoint by clicking on the down-arrow below. Be sure to read the notes below each slide!