Lyn Caponera has joined us as an adjunct instructor teaching Fashion Design Studio III. Lyn received her M.A. from NYU School of Visual Culture: Costume Studies following a 12-year career in the fashion industry. She has held positions in San Francisco and New York as a designer, draper and design room manager. Before leaving San Francisco, she began mentoring M.F.A. fashion students at the Academy of Art, developing a class in bias draping. Currently her practice is based on research as well as direct engagement through making. She presented her work, The Side-Saddle Skirt at the Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting in Huddersfield, England. Having been fascinated by the cut and context of the late 19th-century side-saddle skirt, she addressed its importance as one of the first sport-utility garments designed specifically for women. In observance of the ingenuity of the pattern, she argued that this skirt was the first “creatively-cut” garment, linking the past to what is currently relevant in fashion. Lyn earned her B.A. in Art from the University of San Francisco. She is also a part-time assistant professor at Parsons School of Design where she teaches in the B.F.A. program.