Apparel Design alumna Meg DeCubellis 83 AP has always been interested in the construction and function of garments. Her focus at RISD is on teaching the basics of drafting, draping, textiles and construction. In her fall semester Re-Innovative Project, students are charged with designing and making a garment using 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. For the former, students and recent alumni designed and created shoes almost entirely out of candy, while for the latter, students made 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, Inc., and then worked for Mast Industries and The Limited. As design director at Cherry Tree, she oversaw the production of an infant/childrenswear line and earned an Earnie Award from Earnshaw’s magazine for excellence in children’s outerwear design.
DeCubellis currently produces a domestic line of children’s outerwear called Nutmeg and is also co-owner and vice president of creative design at 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 lluminite and continues to update and develop the line.
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