Biography

 

Diana Oliver
Diana Krause Oliver

My textile design career started at the Fashion Institute of Technology where I earned an AAS in Textile Design and Fashion Merchandising. I  receive my BFA in Fiber Arts from Parsons School of Design.  FIT taught me a practical side while  Parsons made me think out of the box.


APPAREL One of the greatest thrills of being a designer is to see your product come to life, walk by you on the street, or be displayed in major department stores. I started working in the N.Y. Garment Industry painting textiles  for swimwear, home furnishings, and menswear companies such as Levi’s,  Gant, IZOD, Ralph Lauren, Macy’s, Salant and Liz Claiborne.  I moved to Chicago to be Head Designer of private brands  for Seidensticker International and later The Apparel Development Group. I traveled the world in search of  fashion and color trends,  creating presentation and products  right for each of our clients.  Our private label men’s shirt collections have been featured in:  Kohl’s, JC Penny’s, Macy’s Joseph A. Banks, Nordstrom’s, Carson’s, Men’s Warehouse, and Sears.


HOSPITALITY As Senior Designer for Hunter Douglas Hospitality – I creating woven and print collections, sourcing textiles, and turned custom visions into million dollar accounts for clients like Walt Disney World Resorts, Best Western, Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, and Carnival Cruise Line.  As Regional Sales Executive for Crossley Axminster Carpets – I managed custom  hospitality projects with A&D firms, Architects, and Purchasing Agents. Brentano – Customer Service for high-end textiles.


TEACHER:  Adjunct Professor The International Academy of Design & Technology, Illinois and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn – classes in Textile Science for Fashion, Merchandising & Consumer Behavior, and History of Fashion.


 

Textile Designer