The purpose of the Advisory Board of The High School of Fashion Industries, a 501(c)(3), is to provide advice, guidance, support and advocacy to the High School. The mission of the Board is to support New York City students at HSFI who have expressed an interest and talent in pursuing a career in the fashion industry. The Board will work jointly with the leadership of the high school.


The Advisory Board Will:

  • The Board will display continuing dedication and commitment to the goals of the Board.

  • Function as a liaison between industry and the school in identifying viable internships and job employment opportunities for HSFI students

  • Bring noted industry related speakers to the school

  • Fundraise for student incentive award scholarship and other student needs

  • Identify and facilitate scholarship opportunities and donations

  • Assist in the planning of new fashion industry related day or after school programs

  • Provide contacts for contribution of new equipment, materials, programs, and other school/student needs


Erica Roseman


Christina Neault

Vice President 

J.J. Thomas


Jack Herschlag



Deborah Hughes

Francois Damide

Gary Wassner

Jeremy Bergstein

Kim Friday

Patti Carpenter

Mara Urshel

Mark Mendelson 

Martha Napier

Mary Alice Stephenson

Nicole Fischelis

Norman Silverburg

Robert di Mauro

Sara Kozlowski

Theo Spilka

Sal J. Cesarani

Harry Cunningham

Jill Golden

Bernice Shaftan

Audrey Smaltz

Gwen Marder

Honorary Board

Erica Fineberg

​​​​​​​Friend of Fashion


Daryl Blank
Educational Advisor

Katherine Boulamaali
Educational Advisor


Anika Carter

Board Liaison



The Advisory Board of the High School of Fashion Industries facilitates various initiatives with the students at HSFI. The goal of these initiatives is to provide support and expose students to experiences within their fields of interest.


Speaker Series


Once a month Junior and Senior students across all majors at the high school are called upon to participate in a Speaker Series sponsored by the Advisory Board of the High School of Fashion Industries. This opportunity to interact with representatives of the fashion industry is an invaluable experience. Speakers hail from all areas of the industry including styling, marketing, event management, print media, broadcasting and trend just to name a few. These events have become a staple at HSFI and continue to place our students at a competitive advantage as they progress through their careers.


Career Day


Once a year, students’ regular instruction is complimented by a daylong event featuring over forty speakers from all realms of the industry. Career Day affords students the opportunity to explore options within and beyond the scope of their majors. Professionals speak on the companies they represent, their professional experiences as well as their academic backgrounds. Students, always curious, inquire about the day-to-day activities and various paths that professionals have taken to reach their current position in their industry.


Advisory Board Internship Program

As part of the board’s mission to connect students to the fashion industry an internship program is facilitated utilizing the board’s extensive network. Students are provided internships, both paid and non-paid, at various companies where they receive hands on experience. Some of the companies most recently involved include The Ground Crew, Anna Sui, and Cynthia Rowley's Exhibition A.

Golden Needle Awards


Each year garments are chosen from Senior Fashion Design classes for judging by industry representatives. The garments range in categories from swimwear to evening wear. Winning garments afford the designer and constructor scholarships of at least $75. These garments are also displayed at an event hosted by the National Arts Club's Creative Writing Committee which encourages students to express their creative process through writing.


Advisory Board Scholarships


Each year the Advisory Board of the High School of Fashion Industries awards several scholarships to graduating Seniors in support of their continued academic pursuits. The scholarship recipients are recommended by members of the HSFI faculty who can attest to their excellence in study across various disciplines. The scholarships include:

Advisory Board Scholarship: 

awarded to four students, one from each major, for excellence in the study of fashion design, art, visual merchandising or fashion marketing.


Jack Herschlag Scholarship: first, second and third prize scholarships are awarded to students for excellence in Menswear. The scholarship was started by Jack Herschlag who is the former Executive Director of the National Association of Menswear Buyers (NAMSB) and member of the Advisory Board of the High School of Fashion Industries.


Ruth Finley Scholarship: awarded to a student for excellence in communications. This scholarship was started by Ruth Finley who is the President of Fashion Calendar and member of the Advisory Board of the High School of Fashion Industries.


Tremain Hall Memorial Scholarship: initially started by the family of former student Tremain Hall, this scholarship is awarded to students who have persevered through various challenges while attending HSFI. The Advisory Board has adopted this scholarship and continues to support its being awarded.

Annual Scholarship and Awards Fashion Show

The High School of Fashion Industries Annual Scholarship and Awards Fashion Show is a juried celebration of fashion featuring senior student collections. Held each spring, the Annual Fashion Show is not only a celebration of students’ ingenuity but a representation of the culmination of four years of hard work. Designers put their skills to the test and are tasked with complete autonomy as they assume ownership of their individual designs. Under the direction and guidance of industry leaders and seasoned staff, each student will embark on a personal journey of self-discovery as they sketch, design, and construct a garment that will be proudly displayed to the entire school community and guests on the runway. This exhibition is a collaborative effort that reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the Industry and is one the most anticipated events of the year, as it attracts hundreds of people and is attended by industry notables, alumni, and fashion celebrities.

The High School of Fashion Industries • 225 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011 • Phone: (212) 255-1235 Fax: (212) 255-4756 • Daryl Blank, Principal