Personal Style Course Mentors

Personal Style Course Mentors

  • Brit Cato

    Brit Cato

    Brit Cato is a NYC based American fashion stylist, specializing in editorials, runway, designer consulting and look-books. Born in Compton, California and raised in Houston, Texas Brit Cato has been a fashion stylist for many years.

  • Joseph DeAcetis

    Joseph DeAcetis

    Joseph DeAcetis is a fashion industry veteran and Creative Style Director for Forbes Media. His specialties are menswear and luxury markets. His career highlights include Global Fashion Director at Playboy Magazine. Joseph has contributed to countless videos and articles for USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and WWD to name just a few. He currently teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

  • Valerie Halfon

    Valerie Halfon

    Valerie Halfon was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural communication from Florida Atlantic University. In October 2010, Shop With Val was born. Valerie currently has a number of partnerships with boutiques and designers throughout Manhattan and is the featured personal shopper at some of the city’s top boutique hotels.

  • Pattie Barbosa

    Pattie Barbosa

    Pattie Barbosa has worked in every venue of the fashion industry including costuming for film, movies, TV, opera, news, soap operas, fashion shows and editorial. Pattie has been teaching at FIT for 14 years and created its Costume Design Wardrobe Technician Program in Continuing Education. Pattie currently works in styling and wardrobe on Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera and for Al Jazeera News.

About Our Mentor Program

The New York Institute of Art and Design is the only online school that gives you access to a professional designer who will act as your teacher and mentor.

You will benefit from a personal relationship just like you would get in the classroom. Our mentors are there to answer your questions via phone or email at every turn.

In addition, you will submit projects throughout the course which will be evaluated by your teacher. They are there to help you improve as you master the craft.