SVA MA Design Research

SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism1 is a one-year graduate program2
devoted to the study of design, its contexts & consequences.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue research-related careers in publishing, education, museums, institutes, design practice, entrepreneurship, & more.3

  1. Formerly known as D-Crit
  2. About the program
  3. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. All successful candidates awarded a significant scholarship!
SVA MA Design Research

136 W 21st St, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10011





(212) 592-2228

How to… write about fashion design – SVA MA Design Research

How to… write about fashion design

How to… is a new event series aimed to engage the larger design community in the practice of writing, research and criticism. Each online session will feature a discussion by a panel of experts followed by a real-time writing workshop, offering participants constructive feedback on their own writing, and general tips on best practices.

For the first How to workshop, we’ll be focusing on fashion criticism, with a panel featuring some of the most formidable voices in fashion writing.

Please register via eventbrite to attend, and if you’d like to submit your own 300-500 word piece of fashion writing to be workshopped, please follow the instructions you’ll receive after you RSVP. All who attend the panel discussion are welcome to join the workshop, even without submitting work.


Panel discussion, moderated by DCrit faculty member Alex de Looz: 12:00- 12:45pm

Workshop: 12:45 – 1:20pm

Q&A: 1:20- 1:30pm


Brittany Dickinson is a designer, educator, and sustainability strategist with over a decade of experience in the fashion industry. She is currently the Manager of Sustainability at Goodwill Industries International. Previously, she was the Director of Design & Sustainability at Alex Mill, a clothing brand based in NYC, and she taught studio and seminar courses at Parsons School of Design in the School of Fashion and the School of Art and Design History and Theory. Brittany served as a facilitator at UNLEASH Innovation Lab in Singapore and the Youth Fashion Summit in Denmark, two organizations focusing on solutions for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Brittany holds a Master of Arts in Design Research, Writing and Criticism from the School of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

Pierre Alexandre de Looz is a New York- based arts writer, architect, and media consultant. He has reported on art, design and fashion for The New York Times Style Magazine T, Fantastic Man, V magazine, Art in America, Surface, and Tokion, among others. He is New York contributing editor for award winning 032c magazine, for which he has profiled leading fashion industry figures like photographer Steven Meisel, designer Nicolas Ghesquière, and most recently designer Raf Simons. In 2006 he co-founded design and culture semiannual PIN-UP magazine, and serves as the magazine’s editor-at-large. He is a graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and earned a Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University in 2004. Following apprenticeships with Robert AM Stern and Zaha Hadid, his design work currently focuses on residential and exhibition design.

Shonagh Marshall is a curator, writer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her writing has appeared in AnOther, Vogue, 10, System, and The Face. In 2018 she co-edited and wrote Posturing, a book that explores contemporary fashion photography through posing and the body. Her most recent project takes the form of a bi-monthly newsletter called Denier. As a curator, Shonagh has worked internationally with institutions such as Somerset House, the Powerhouse Museum, and the V&A and with brands such as The Outnet. Her exhibitions include “Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!,” “Hair by Sam McKnight,” “English as a Second Language,” and “Utopian Voices, Here and Now.” Shonagh lectures internationally and holds faculty positions at the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Vanessa Rosales is a Colombian writer and critic. Her second book Uncomfortable Woman was published in 2021 by Penguin Random House. As an essayist and public intellectual she has specialized in understanding everything that is uncomfortable about the ways in which the feminine has been constructed in historical, social and cultural terms. She writes a weekly column for one of the major Colombianlocal newspapers El Espectador and her work has been featured in Vestoj, The Business of Fashion, CNN Style, Vogue Latin America, BBC Mundo, and several Latin and Colombian publications. She created and led the first Diplomado in Critical Studies of Fashion at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano where she teaches critical fashion studies, women’s literature and feminist theory. She received her MFA in Fashion Studies from Parsons The New School for Design.