Faculty Spotlight: Julia DiNardo

Q: What courses do you teach?

I teach Fashion Writing, Fashion Magazines, and Fashion History and Global Attire at the undergraduate level. I also teach the Fashion Merchandising Capstone course in the MPS program and Fashion Blogging Boot Camp in the Summer Fashion Lab program.

Q: What companies have you worked for?

There have been quite a few of them — my career is mainly steeped in magazines, having written for Redbook and GQ, done creative copywriting in-house for J.Crew, Bloomingdale's, and Liz Claiborne Co, freelanced for the Today show's style section, Bagsnob.com, Makeup.com, and Stylecaster.com, worked for a bunch of fashion startups, created my own clothing line and t-shirt line, run a blog (FashionPulseDaily.com) as well as teaching at LIM College and NYU.

Q: What inspired you to start a career in fashion journalism?

It was rather serendipitous that I ended up here; I originally started out on the marketing side of magazines, and due to my interest in fashion and writing, made the rare leap to the other side! I always knew I had to work in fashion, but where exactly wasn't always as clear.

Q: What advice would you give to students who are interested in careers in the business of fashion?

Know that there's a pretty good chance the job will be different than what you expected, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Also, never stop reading — WWD, The New York Times Style Section, every fashion biography that comes out — and see every fashion documentary film that hits the theaters. If you truly love fashion, staying on top of the latest fashion media should feel like second nature.