About

KSOF | Karen's School of Fashion

Network

Gain unique exposure to opportunities and contacts within the fashion industry through our networking events, field trips, work/internship programs and more.

Stand Out

Accelerate your fashion career with our Certificate of Completion, awarded to graduates of our 8-month ‘Fashion Runway’ and ‘Draping and Pattern-Making’ program.

Have Fun

While an unparalleled educational experience is certainly our goal, everything we do is also designed to foster lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories.

Network

Gain unique exposure to opportunities and contacts within the fashion industry through our networking events, field trips, work/internship programs and more.

Stand Out

Accelerate your fashion career with our Certificate of Completion, awarded to graduates of our 8-month ‘Fashion Runway’ and ‘Draping and Pattern-Making’ program.

Have Fun

While an unparalleled educational experience is certainly our goal, everything we do is also designed to foster lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories.

KSOF ALUMNI

We Breed Success!

Beyond helping students get into the following schools, we also help students get jobs in the fashion industry.

Our mission:

To guide and inspire students in creating works of art

Karen’s School of Fashion offers fun and innovative Fashion Design, Fashion Camp and Sewing Classes designed to spark creativity at any age. The design school offers fashion classes in sketching, draping, sewing, pattern making, accessory and textile design. Classes are divided into age appropriate groups (kids, teens, & adults). KSOF also offers a Fashion Runway program that allows students to participate in the Annual Fashion Show at the end of the program. Private lessons and fashion birthday parties are also available.

Our mission:

To guide and inspire students in creating works of art

Karen’s School of Fashion offers fun and innovative Fashion Design, Fashion Camp and Sewing Classes designed to spark creativity at any age. The design school offers fashion classes in sketching, draping, sewing, pattern making, accessory and textile design. Classes are divided into age appropriate groups (kids, teens, & adults). KSOF also offers a Fashion Runway program that allows students to participate in the Annual Fashion Show at the end of the program. Private lessons and fashion birthday parties are also available.

Karen Lozner 2019 Karen's School of Fashion

Karen Elizabeth Lozner

Founder, Creative Director, Instructor

Our founder/instructor, Karen E. Lozner of karenecouture.com, graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and majored in Fashion Design and Production Management. She has worked for some of the finest brands, including DKNY. Now, after years of experience in New York’s Garment Center, Karen welcomes the opportunity to share her skills and expertise with others as a fashion design instructor serving N.Y. & N.J.

Instructors

The team behind KSOF

Claire Rand - KSOF
Claire Rand
Instructor

Claire Rand

Instructor (2013 – Present)

Claire, Rhode Island native, has been in love with fashion ever since she was young. She pushed herself to make her own prom dress and eager to see the Rhode Island School of Design Fashion Show. Any opportunity she had, she would take courses in fashion at high school and at RISD. With college choices limited, she went to Rhode Island College and graduated with a BA in Art and a concentration in Graphic Design. Years ago, Claire moved to New Jersey and started her own design label, Love of Buttons, specializing in purses and accessories.

Malvina Mogielski
Instructor

Malvina Mogielski

Instructor (2012 – Present)

Malvina Mogielski began sewing when she was 10, mostly restyling her old clothes. She continued sewing and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, emphasis on Fashion Design. Currently, Malvina Mogielski is a Fashion Design teacher in Lakewood High School.

Malvina teaches students fashion sketching, pattern making, and sewing. She enjoys teaching and spreading a love of sewing as an avenue for creative self-expression.

Ashley Lundell - KSOF
Ashley Lundell
Instructor

Ashley Lundell

Instructor (2015 – present)

Ashley took an interest in art at an early age. After taking many years of art and sewing classes throughout high school, she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in International Fashion Design, studying in both New York City and Milan. She specializes in women’s sportswear and has over 6 years of experience working in the industry with both men’s and women’s clothing. Ashley is passionate about the design process from start to finish. She feels very blessed to be able to share her experience and knowledge with her students.

Swagata Chowdhury
Instructor

Swagata Chowhury

Instructor (2017 – Present)

With a love and passion for fashion design since childhood, Swagata graduated from The Government College of Art and Craft in Kolkata, India with a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Design. Also, attending the University of Burdwan, India  she achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Science. She is a practicing jewelry, textile and fashion designer in New Jersey.
On her spare time, she loves to design jewelry and crafts! Swagata especially enjoy working with acrylic on canvas and creating gifts and home decors from up-cycled materials.

Most importantly, Swagata is passionate about teaching jewelry and textile design and looks forward to the opportunity of sharing her knowledge and experience with her students.

Krystina KSOF Team
Krystsina Kavalenka
Instructor

Krystsina Kavalenka

Instructor (2020 – Present)

Krystsina discovered interest for sewing after she graduated college. She enrolled in multiple fashion design and construction certificate programs at Fashion Institute of Technology. She gained professional experience assisting a bridal designer and working with costumes in theater industry. Krystsina has been sewing her own clothes since 2015. She cares about the impact of fast fashion on the world and aims to bring awareness to the issues of sustainability.

Karen Applegate
Instructor

Karen Applegate

Fashion Design, Photoshop/Illustrator Instructor (2018 – Present)

Karen started sewing with a local community club at 9 years old, through the years she developed the skills needed for pattern making, sourcing, construction, and production. She took her interest in fashion to the next level by going to Drexel University in Philadelphia, receiving her Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design in 2017. After graduating, Karen entered the profession as a technical designer and eventually landing multiple roles in production, pattern making and sampling.

Kyra Zapf
Instructor

Kyra Zapf

Instructor (2021 – Present)

A Thomas J. Watson fellow for textile studies, Kyra considers herself a historical costumer. She started sewing when she was 6, and has designed and worked on more than a dozen theatrical productions. She has had the opportunity to do fabric research with 16th ce textiles at the V&A museum in London, among others. She currently works part-time at the Made Institute of Fashion in Philadelphia and spends her free time doing dye experiments in her basement.

Kendra Benson
Instructor

Kendra Benson

Instructor (2021 – Present)

Kendra Benson was raised and educated in the Midwest, receiving her B.S. in Textile and Apparel Design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. She has 15+ years of experience working in the London and New York fashion industries, including her first position as assistant designer to Tracy Reese with a focus on print development, and later, 3 years as manager and sales representative for one of the leading vintage clothing & textile archives in New York’s garment district.

She is the founder and designer of This Woman’s Work, a narrative-driven and materials-driven womenswear collection. Her work has been featured in Essence, Paper Magazine, Sleek, and Teeth; featured on model Precious Lee; and worn by female artists such as Miranda July, K8 Hardy, and Elaine Kahn.

KSOF | Karen's School of Fashion Sewing and Fashion Design in NY and NJ