Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

School of Design Faculty

Dr. Monica McMurry, Dean, School of Design 
Dr. Monica McMurry serves as a professor and the dean of the School of Design. She has 30 years of teaching experience in the fashion field. McMurry graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from Stephens College. In 1993, she received her M.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the School of Textile and Apparel Management. She recently completed her Ph.D. from the same school. Her dissertation topic centered on the dress and historic influence of Jacqueline Kennedy toward women from 1959-63.

During her teaching career, McMurry has taught both studio and lecture courses in all three fashion programs. She is a member of ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association), the Costume Society of America (CSA), Fashion Group International and Kappa Omicron Nu. She has presented both juried fashion designs and scholarly research for both ITAA and CSA. In Spring 2011, she was invited to present two of her fashion designs at the Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology.

She previously was the curator of the Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library, which gave her the opportunity to speak across the nation about historic dress. From 1983 to 1999, she ran her own custom sewing and design business. 

Kirsteen Buchanan, Professor
Kirsteen Buchanan, a Stephens alumna, has taught at Stephens since 1996. Her 13 years of professional experience in fashion design and product development include designing for major manufacturers such as I.B. Diffusion and Eddie Haggar, Ltd.; for the Chicago-area retailer Chas A. Stevens, and for Dallas-based Brookshire Knitting Mills, working with clients from Banana Republic to Eileen Fisher. She is the sponsor of Modeling Group at Stephens.

Her freelance clients have included Spyder Skiwear, Pappagallo Stores and Beverly Hills Polo Club. She has also designed costumes for Okoboji Summer Theatre in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and for dance company and community theatre productions in Dallas. Buchanan has a Master of Arts in Visual Communications from the Missouri School of Journalism. Buchanan's most recent designs were seen in the juried Surface Design Association show, “Fabricate.” She was a 2003 finalist in the GenArt/Florida Grapefruit Juice National Handbag Design Challenge, a 2002 finalist in the “Inspired By Threads” competition and a 2001 finalist in the Beefeater Bold Spirits Design Competition. Her involvement in business and fashion outside Stephens includes membership in the Surface Design Association, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists and Fashion Group International. 

Stephanie Carlo, Assistant Professor
Stephanie Carlo, an assistant professor of fashion, is a fashion and textile designer. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, her fashion design aesthetics are influenced by her background in fine arts and her interest in art history. As Carlo has expanded her skills as a textile designer and as a fashion illustrator, she has never set aside her practice as a fashion designer. She is designing textiles as a freelancer for apparel and accessories designers in Puerto Rico, the United States and Germany.

Carlo earned an M.F.A. in Fashion Design from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.F.A. in Fashion Design and Printmaking from the School of Visual Arts and Design of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Carrie Gartner, Assistant Professor
Dr. Carrie Gartner, an assistant professor, has over 16 years of experience in urban design, economic development and marketing. Gartner began her professional life managing political campaigns and now concentrates her efforts on city-building. Her focus is developing and implementing long-range plans, including organizational restructuring, branding campaigns, marketing programs and capital improvement plans. She uses this experience to add depth and texture to her marketing classes.

Gartner holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Speech Communication from California State University, Fullerton and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah. Her thesis focused on public apologia during times of crisis, and her dissertation analyzed face-saving strategies in teacher-student interactions. 

Dr. Lori Hall-Araujo, Assistant Professor
Dr. Lori Hall-Araujo is an assistant professor in the Fashion program and the curator for the Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library. Prior to joining Stephens in Fall 2016, she was the 2015-2016 Anawalt Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Regional Dress at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, where she conducted research on collectors, collecting practices and indigenous Mesoamerican dress. Other museum projects include work on the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Hollywood Costume exhibition when it was hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2014-2015.

When not tap dancing, her research and teaching interests include costume design for film and television, dress as a signifier of identity, and museum studies.

Hall-Araujo earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Michigan State University, an M.A. in History of Religions from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Maggie Holper, Assistant Professor of Fashion Marketing and Management 
Maggie Holper teaches Basics of Apparel Construction, Fashion Retail Management, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Market Analysis and Fashion Perspectives. She was an Adjunct Professor at Stephens for several semesters before joining the faculty fulltime in 2017. She worked for more than five years as a patternmaker, technical designer and Director of Project Development for Lori Coulter Swimwear and participated in the launch of a new swimwear brand Summersalt. With a B.F.A. in Fashion Design and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., she is well versed in garment design, construction, patternmaking and alterations as well as sourcing, apparel production management and distribution. 

Lisa D. Lenoir, Assistant Professor 
Lisa D. Lenoir, an assistant professor of fashion communication, takes an interdisciplinary approach to her fashion communication instruction and research, drawing theories from communication and media; linguistics; and fashion business history and current issues. Recently, she presented research papers in New York and Chicago related to Global Englishes and fashion blogs and fashion in India and Cuba.

Lenoir graduated with distinction from DePaul University with an M.S. in International Public Service. She also received a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Graphic Design from Indiana University. Upon completion of her studies, she worked for numerous newspapers in the Midwest, covering everything from police/fire to fashion. Lenoir’s entry into fashion writing came organically through her early stories featuring boutique owners, who explained the business side of retail and partnered with her on editorial/advertising special sections. This knowledge fueled her interest in fashion and led her to reporting and editing positions in Indianapolis and eventually, Chicago, where she served as the Chicago Sun-Times’ reporter and then, its fashion editor. During her tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times, she covered Fashion Weeks in New York and Milan, as well as the fashion, travel, society and retail business scene in Chicago.

She has won individual and team journalism awards for commentary, travel and social issues. She is a member of the Costume Society of America.

Maureen Lowary, Assistant Professor 
Maureen Lowary has 16 years of teaching experience and eight plus years of fashion industry experience. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Apparel Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received the Alumni Association Award for the Outstanding Senior of 1980. In 1979, she received an award from the American Velvet Association for her Velvet Eveningwear design.

Lowary began her career on Seventh Avenue as an assistant designer to Liz Claiborne. She has also worked for Crazy Horse, Kathryn Conover and Rugged Wear Ltd. She has freelanced for Nicole Miller in New York and Big Smith in Missouri as well as a number of private individuals. Lowary has served as a guest critic for the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth apparel and textile design departments and has judged fashion shows for the local 4-H chapter here in central Missouri as well as the “Make It With Wool” competition.

Besides teaching and designing, Lowary runs her own internet business called China Memories. With China Memories, she hand makes silk brocade covered memory books for families who have adopted children from China. She hopes to introduce a memory book for families with Korean children in the near future.

Dr. James Terry, Associate Professor
Dr. James Terry is an archaeologist and art historian. He holds a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has participated in archaeological field work in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and Tunisia and, as a Fulbright Scholar, spent a year living in North Africa researching Late Roman and Early Byzantine tomb mosaics. His research interests include human sacrifice in ancient Greek art and the paleolithic roots of artistic pleasure. 

Irina Tevzadze, Assistant Professor
Irina Tevzadze has an M.F.A. and a B.F.A. from the Department of Fashion Design and Decorative and Applied Arts, Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia. She has been an artist, fashion designer and fashion and art instructor. Her work has been exhibited at The Fabulous Fox Theatre and TULA Art Center in Atlanta, TMS Art Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia, and at galleries throughout Columbia. She has been featured in AMARTA Art Magazine and STUDIO magazine and was the subject of the 1993 documentary film Irina. (Irina will be on a leave of absence for the 2017-2018 academic year)

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