Priya Chirayath Padmanabhan

  • Jersey City US-NJ

Work experience

Work experience
Oct 2010 - Dec 2010

Freelance Designer

  • Assisted the embellishment team with design, development and execution of embroidery, bead/ sequin work.
  • Created layouts and placements of embellishment concepts on apparel, handbag and footwear samples.
  • Mocked up special construction details and finishes for application across different product categories.
  • Responsible for replenishing stock and sourcing new materials for embellishment concepts.
Jul 2010 - Aug 2010

Design Internship

DKNY Jeans
  • Assisted in fabric sourcing and organization.
  • Designed placement embroidery layouts for knit & woven tops in multiple techniques.
  • Updated technical files on ‘Style Manager’- ePDM.
  • Created and modified flats on illustrator for technical files and line sheets.
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

Design Internship

Tahari by Arthur S Levine
  • Developed silhouettes for the Luxe line by Tahari ASL.
  • Designed and executed protos of embellishment including embroideries, bead/stone/sequin work and combinations of techniques suited to Tahari aesthetic.
Feb 2010 - May 2010

Technical Design Internship

Armani Exchange
  • Attended fittings for all women’s woven samples.
  • Assisted in measuring, commenting on fit and construction.
  • Updated web-based product development and production tracking systems.
  • Communicated with factories and agencies regarding specs.
Oct 2006 - Mar 2009

Head of Design

Andre Bini UK Ltd.
  • Researched trends and created story/mood/color boards.
  • Sourced fabrics and trims in relation to themes and customers.
  • Designed and developed seasonal collections of women’s sportswear.
  • Managed product development team in China for sampling.
  • Presented range to buyers, designers and product managers of Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Pull and Bear, River Island, Next and Promod to secure orders.
  • Extensive travel to US/EU for inspiration, China and India for collection sourcing and development and EU for presentation to customers.
Apr 2006 - Jun 2006

Design Internship

Nicole Farhi
  • Designed print and embroidery motifs for the Spring/Summer 07 collection.
  • Developed repeats, placement prints and engineered prints.
  • Coordinated duties between merchandising, sampling and design.
Jun 2003 - Oct 2004

Designer/Product developer

Ambattur Clothing Ltd.
  • Designed and sampled seasonal collections for customers: J. Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Eddie Bauer, Diesel.
  • Traveled to Tokyo for inspirational sample shopping and domestically for collection presentations.


Sep 2009 - Jul 2010

AAS Fashion Marketing

Parsons The New School for Design
Sep 2005 - Sep 2006

MA Fashion and Textiles

Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
Jun 2000 - May 2003

Fashion Design Diploma

National Institute of Fashion Technology


  • Named on the Parsons Deans List with a GPA of 3.93
  • Awarded International Student’s and Dean’s Scholarships at Parsons
  • Graduated as the Best Outgoing Student and awarded the Gold medal for academic excellence in 2003 by the National Institute of Fashion Technology
  • Ranked #7 All India and #1 in Chennai in the National Institute of Fashion Technology entrance examination in 2000


  • Trend research, concept creation/moodboards, illustration, flat sketching, technical design.
  • Fabric and trim sourcing, sampling co-ordination, communication, presentation.
  • Ability to plan, multitask, work with deadlines, work well in a team, lead a team.
  • Computer skills:  Web PDM, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDraw, Easy Weave, MS Office.