Meg DeCubellis 83 AD is a senior critic in RISD’s Apparel Design department. She has always been interested in the construction and function of garments, and her focus at RISD has been on teaching sophomores the basics of drafting, draping, textiles and construction. In her fall semester Re-Innovative project, students are charged with creating a garment out of recycled materials rather than fabric.
In 2011, DeCubellis spearheaded two design competitions, May Each Step You Take Be Sweet, co-sponsored by Rockport Shoes and Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York, and the fourth annual Supima Design Competition. The former challenged RISD students and recent alumni to design and create shoes almost entirely out of candy, and the latter charged students with creating evening-wear looks using Supima denims, knits, corduroys, twills and shirting. The stunning results of both competitions were shown as part of New York Fashion Week.
DeCubellis started her career in NYC at Jack Winter Co. and then worked for Mast Industries and The Limited. She was design director at Cherry Tree, where she oversaw the production of an infant/childrenswear line. While at Cherry Tree, she received an Earnie Award from Earnshaw’s magazine for excellence in children’s outerwear design.
She currently produces a domestic line of children’s outerwear called Nutmeg and is also co-owner and vice president of creative design at of Illuminite, a company that produces reflective running and cycling gear for men and women.
She is also founder of the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit she created after her 13-year-old daughter Katie was killed by a drunk driver. She and her husband, John, speak to high school and college students across the country about the dangers of drunk driving. She received a Telly Award for a video series she created and marketed that chronicles the loss of her daughter.
DeCubellis lives in Narragansett, RI with her husband, children Kyle and Eliza and a very cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Cee Cee.
Academic Research/Areas of Interest
DeCubellis has always been interested in the construction and function of garments. Her focus at RISD has mostly been with sophomore students and their foundation of drafting, draping, textiles and construction. During the fall semester, she has focused on the Re-Innovative project. Her work with this project has resulted in a new focus that requires the students to reuse and recycle materials to create a garment out of something other than fabric.
In her freelance design business, DeCubellis's latest focus has been in the area of reflective clothing using technology with reflectivity embedded in screen printing. She has redesigned the running and cycling gear collection for lluminiteand continues to update and develop the line.