YULIA POKALO

Fashion Designer
YULIA POKALO
Fashion Designer


SUMMARY

Over 15 years of designing experience in evening-wear, special occasion, bridal and sportswear markets
Strong hand sketching ability, excellent conceptual skills, sense of style, color, balance and proportion
Solid technical knowledge of garment construction and sewing techniques
Ability to lead and motivate design teams
Extensive experience working with buyers, manufacturers and suppliers
Familiar with all phases of collections development process from concept to delivery
Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office, Web PDM 
Excellent written and verbal communication skills

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ADRIANNA PAPELL
New York, NY 
Senior Designer    
05/2012- 7/2013
Designed and developed collections for “Hailey” line as well as private label accounts such as David’s Bridal,  Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s,  Lord & Taylor, JCP
Analyzed current trends, brought in new ideas through competitive shopping and market research
Led a team of designers to create trend appropriate collections that meet market needs
Collaborated with sales to merchandise and present line to key accounts and buyers during market weeks
Partnered with production and technical teams to ensure on-budget, on-time delivery of quality goods
Worked closely with patternmakers, oversaw sample room rotation and sample execution
Conducted weekly fittings, communicated with overseas factories on a daily basis

YULIA POKALO L.L.C.
New York, NY 
Freelance Designer, Fashion Consultant    
07/2011- Present
Clarisse, Prom Girl, Isola Isabella, Carlisle, Per Se

DAVID’S BRIDAL
New York, NY 
Senior Designer    
01/2009 –06/2011
Designed bridal and special occasion dresses for Oleg Cassini, Galina Signature and David’s Bridal brands
Collaborated with associates to produce cohesive presentations, embellishments and designs 
Managed design process from conception through to final product
Prepared detailed tech packs with flat sketches, specs, beading and embroidery layouts
Maintained daily communication with factories, merchandising and technical teams
Commented and made corrections on muslins, performed fit sessions on live models and mannequins
Attended multiple trips to factories in Hong Kong and China, shopping trips to Europe

DONNA RICCO
New York, NY 
Associate Designer    
04/2007 –09/2008
Designed special occasion dresses and separates for “Donna Ricco Collection”
Showcased collections at Jacob Javits Center during fashion market weeks (Moda Manhattan)
Established multiple new accounts in specialty and department stores throughout the country
Managed the team of associates and assistants to develop concepts, colors, fabrics and trims
Prepared illustrations and flat sketches using freehand and computer techniques (CADs)
Worked with pattern makers, oversaw sample execution from first drape through production

BAHARI GROUP LTD
New York, NY
Assistant Designer    
12/2004 –03/2007
Designed collections of prom dresses “De LaRu”, assisted VP of Design in private label developments
Researched market for new ideas and seasonal trends, assembled seasonal concept and color boards
Created detailed tech packs with flat sketches and beading layouts,  reviewed and commented on lab dips
Traveled to factories in Asia and maintained communication on a daily basis

MASON CHRISTOPHE ROUXEL
Paris, France
Designer Assistant    
1998 –2000
Supported Head Designer in all phases of Haute Couture design process

EDUCATION

INTERNSHIPS
Paris, France
1996 – 1998
Lolita Lempicka, Olivier Lapidus, J.C. Castelbajac, Thierry Mugler    

ESMOD INTERNATIONAL    
Paris, France
1995 –1998
Bachelor of Fine Arts. Major: Fashion design, Pattern drafting. Women’s ready to wear, Haute Couture

VITEBSK STATE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY    
Vitebsk, Belarus
1991 –1995
Master of Fine Arts. Major: Fashion design, Pattern drafting. Women’s ready to wear