ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF FASHION AT THE NEW SCHOOL, PARSONS
Tamara Albu’s journey to the fashion world had begun with her studies in Decorative Arts at Academy of Fine Arts from her native city, Bucharest, in Romania. She earned her M.F.A. in Fashion Design and Illustration there. In 1980, after several years working as a fashion designer and illustrator, she decided to come to New York. While her love for designing and painting was burning strong, Tamara’s interests took an additional dimension soon: teaching paired with her professional activity. Tamara lives and works in New York City. While active as an artist, exhibiting and publishing her art work, she was been contributing to Fashion Companies such as Hue, Christian Dior NY, Donna Karan and DKNY, Calvin Klein Hosiery, Jay Godfrey, Hanes Hosiery and Adidas. As Associate Professor, she is teaching Fashion Illustration and Fashion Portfolio for the Associate Degree Program at New School University, Parson School for Design. RESEARCH INTERESTS: Wearable art, Fashion Studies, Sustainable Fashion and Textile Industry, Fashion and Technology, Fashion and Science (Biodiversity, Biotechnology), CURRENT COURSES: European Fashion: Tradition and Innovation Fashion Portfolio Fashion Technical Drawing Fashion Drawing 2 Fashion Industry — Design.
Draw, Teach, Listen, and Learn.
I am not sure I am the best. I would rather say I am good at what I am doing: being an artist and sharing her knowledge with people that also love learning. I am passionate about the subjects I am interested in and that is reflected in my art and teaching.
Personal: To lose weight. It’s probably never going to happen. I enjoy spending time having a good conversion, while eating and drinking good food and wine. I am addicted to them and most likely I will never give them up.
Business: To become a better writer. This is also most likely unattainable. English is not my native language. I guess I will never be able to write as well as I could in my native language, Romanian.
I have two mottos: 1st — Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso 2nd — Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts –Albert Einstein
There are so many amazing talents, brains and souls. Among fashion designers, I am totally in love with Alexander McQueen for his vision, Christian Dior for his class, Yohji Yamamoto for his perfect asymmetry, Rei Kawakubo for her Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe for his techno-couture, Issey Miyake for his thoroughness in research and technological innovations, Hussein Chalayan for his ever morphing sensuality and Martin Margiela for his revolutionary fashion approach challenging the luxurious fashion world; In performing arts Nina Simone for her unique voice, Leonard Cohen for his melodious poetry, Luis Armstrong for is inimitable trumpet and voice , Mahalia Jackson for her unequaled jazz voice, Woody Allen for all his witty movies, Martha Graham for her modern dance philosophy; In science, Albert Einstein for his incomparable brain and Richard Feynman for his amazing storyteller courses) and…I can go on and on…There are so many incredibly beautiful people on this planet of ours
Paris for its joie de vivre, Florence for its rich culture, Barcelona for its glorious authenticity.
Issey Miyake’s waist designs, Apple designs inside out (form and content)
Drawing; A good unpredictable thriller; Having a good conversation; Being in the company of intelligent people.
How will you become the best?
Realizing how much more is to be learned. It also helps to have a relentless curiosity. It certainly helps me keep up somehow with the otherwise overwhelmingly abundant avalanche of this century inventions and innovations.
What fascinates you?
The amazing structure of the human body governed by the central brain