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Faculty

rucht D Oleo

Ms. D’Oleo began her start in fashion design at a very young age in her native Dominican Republic by designing and sewing clothes for her Barbie dolls.

In 1995 Rucht formally began building her knowledge in fashion design by attending Instituto Tecnologico Mercy Jacquez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her name soon became very well known among staff and classmates for her notable ability in design, construction, and pattern making. D’Oleo graduated at the top of her class with a diploma in fashion design.

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Marina Vaskina

Marina Vaskina is an award-winning innovative strategist with over 10 years of experience building and scaling brands across multiple industries: fashion, FMCG, consumer electronics, and medical devices. Marina has an extensive background that spans the disciplines of marketing research and shopper insights, retail strategy development, brand activation, social media and influenсer marketing. She teaches the How to Launch a Clothing Line course.

Danilda Baez

Danilda Baez is a Dominican fashion designer. She attended Mercy Jacques Technology Institute where she worked as fashion illustrator and textile instructor after her graduation. In 1991 she participated with Master Guillo Perez’s Workshop where she discovered her love for colors and oil canvas painting. In 1994 Danilda owned and operated her own clothing brand called Taina Fashion which manufactured ladies and junior garments for local markets. She also developed a hair accessories line called “Band Bangs”. She was awarded a scholarship to attend Miami International University of Art & Design where she received her A.A in Fashion Design.
In 2014, she went back to school at Florida International University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She currently shares her knowledge and skills teaching Fashion Illustration to children and adults around Miami including us here at the Fashion Institute of South Florida.

Laura Lafrance

My name is Laura Lafrance. I’d like to think of myself as a problem solver using my skills, knowledge and design mediums to make a difference in this world. I have a background in nursing, which has enlarged my communication skills and keeps me grounded. I speak 4 languages: French and creole, English and Spanish. I graduated the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion and Apparel Design, and completed 18 credits at Miami International University of Arts and Designs in the Masters’ in Design Management. I will soon go back to MIU to complete my Masters degree. I am currently working as a design assistant at Cintas, and am very proud to have joined the Fashion Institute of South Florida as one of the instructors.

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