"If you are passionate enough about something, you will convey that passion and compassion to your students and will inspire them to want to learn more." -Juanita Phillips, 2007
Juanita Phillips has over thirteen years of experience in fashion design. She teaches introductory level construction and pattern making classes as well as more advanced tailoring and couture sewing techniques. Upon graduation from Drexel’s fashion design program, Juanita worked with several local Philadelphia designers. She developed skills including technical patternmaking, sample making, and production management and completed garments that range from raincoats to uniforms and high-end, one of a kind collectables. One of her most interesting projects was to create clothing from vintage Japanese kimonos.
Juanita particularly enjoys intricate hand work, such as the construction of the inside of a garment and other detailed tailoring. She believes that fine fabrics, such as silks and wools, are the most fun and the most challenging to use expertly in fashion design.
Over the past several years, Juanita has placed an extra emphasis on service to the academic community. She has been a judge for Research Day and interviews accepted students during Scholar's Day at Drexel. Additionally, she works as a guest panelist at Mastery Charter High School for their Career Day in the hopes of making younger students interested in a future in fashion design.