Meg DeCubellis recently finished spearheading RISD Apparel Design’s collaborations with Rockport/Dylan’s Candy Bar and Supima as part of New York Fashion
The Rockport Competition involved 20 RISD students and recent graduates who
designed shoes made entirely of candy from Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City.
Supima invited RISD to be one of four schools to compete using Supima cotton
fabrics for eveningwear. Two RISD students were chosen to compete and show
their lines at the 2011 NY Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.
Highlights, photos and video are available on the RISD Apparel
Meg is a graduate of RISD's Apparel Design Department, class of 1983. She
started her career in NYC at Jack Winter, Co. then moved on to Mast Industries
and the Limited Corporation where she traveled extensively.
Following that, Meg became Design Director at Cherry Tree, Inc. where she
directed the design and production of their infant/childrenswear line. While
there, she received an Earnie Award from Earnshaw’s magazine for excellence in
children’s outerwear and design. She is still producing a line of children’s
outerwear aptly called “Nutmeg” which is produced domestically.
She is also the founder of the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation, a
non-profit organization which she created after the death of her thirteen
year-old daughter, Katie, at the hands of a drunk driver. Along with her
husband, John, Meg speaks to students, both high school and college age,
throughout the country about the dangers of bad decision-making. Meg has
received a Telly Award for a video series which she has created and marketed
that chronicles the loss of her daughter.
Currently, Meg is an owner of Illuminite and their Vice President of
Creative Design. The collection consists of reflective running and cycling gear
for men and women, which is, produced both domestically and abroad.
Meg lives in Narragansett, RI with her husband and children Kyle and Eliza
and a very cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Cee Cee.
Academic Research/Areas of Interest
Meg 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, Meg has focused on the Re-Innovative project. Her work with this project has resulted in a new focus which requires the students to reuse and recycle materials to create a garment out of something other than fabric.
In her freelance design business, Meg’s latest focus has been in the area of reflective clothing using technology with reflectivity embedded in screen printing. Meg has redesigned the running and cycling gear collection for “lluminite” and continues to update and develop the line.