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ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, PARSON'S NEW SCHOOL; FORMER VP DESIGN, LIZ CLAIBORNE; DESIGNER, SUSANNA MOYER; ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, AMERICAN UNIV, PARIS

By Brenda Coffee content editorial director Mark Grischke photographer Noel Sutherland

It’s not surprising that Susanna Moyer became a clothing designer. With a fashionable mother, who was a model and Miss Washington, DC, Susanna Moyer made clothes, houses, “…anything I could for my Barbies. I got a shoebox; they got a car.”

As a young student at the famed Parson’s School of Design, Susanna and her classmates were an elite group that included Mark Badgley and James Mischka, creators of the uber chic Badgley Mischka line, plus Calvin Klein was their class advisor.

“Today, I wouldn’t have a chance to meet somebody like Calvin Klein. He worked on the sketch with us, worked through the muslin and the fabric process. If the model didn’t show up, it would be ‘Hey, Susanna! Can you put on Jim Mischka’s outfit for Calvin?’ and Calvin Klein would pin my underwear to the muslin. It was amazing!”

“CLOTHES USED TO BE A STAPLE IN OUR LIVES, BUT NOW THEY’VE BECOME DISPOSABLE.”

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