Faculty Bios

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Iliana Ricketts

Assistant Director, Online Fashion
School of Fashion

Iliana received her MFA in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art University in 1999. Iliana launched her own line of tailored women’s wear, ILYA, in 2002. At the same time she also worked as a part-time instructor at the Academy of Art University and has had numerous freelance jobs as a designer, illustrator and consultant. Before becoming the Assistant Director of Online Fashion, Iliana worked as the Creative Director of GGblue, a lifestyle and golf line sold in over 300 stores across the US.


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Nelson Cantada

Full-time Faculty
School of Fashion

Nelson received his BFA in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art University in 2002.  After completing his degree, Nelson spent a year in Paris studying at Studio Bercot through the Academy's Paris Exchange Program and interned with Designers Sharon Wauchob and Tom Van Lingen.  Before joining the Academy in 2011, Nelson designed for Laundry by Shelli Segal, Velvet by Graham and Spencer, BCBG and Max Azria Collection.