Elena Kanagy-Loux

Fashion and Textile Designer Brooklyn, NY

A descendent of Mennonite missionaries, Elena spent her childhood moving between Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Japan. She spent her formative years in Tokyo and frequented the trendy neighborhood of Harajuku, soaking in the avant-garde fashions parading the streets.

After moving to NYC in 2007. She cut her chops in the fashion industry working full time as a costume designer for Courtney Love, and for the indie fashion label Electric Feathers.

While completing her BFA in Textiles in 2015, she won the George T. Dorsch Art Historical Award, which enabled her to go on a four-month trip across Europe to study the historical art lacemaking. Upon her return she founded the Brooklyn Lace Guild, an organization devoted to preserving the art of hand-making lace that meets monthly at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn.

In 2016, she began her MA in Costume Studies at NYU. The field research she conducted on her lace travels in Europe in 2015 became the focus of her thesis, "The Disconnected Web: Making Lace by Hand in a Modern World." After spending a year as an intern for European Textiles Curator Melinda Watt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she was hired full-time as the Collections Specialist at the Antonio Ratti Textile Center. On the side, she teaches bobbin lace classes at the Textile Arts Center, gives lectures, and makes lace of her own design.

Experience

Teacher

Textile Arts Center

Teaches regular bobbin lace classes, as well as participating in other events in the TAC community.

Design Assistant

Electric Feathers

Assistant at the indie clothing company Electric Feathers. Responsibilities included assisting in design, managing production, ordering materials, wholesale and retail sales, and personal assistance to creative director Leana Zuniga.

Costume Designer

Courtney Love

Designer and seamstress for Courtney Love’s custom clothing line Never The Bride, worn on Hole’s international tour in 2010.

Collections Specialist

Antonio Ratti Textile Center

Education

NYU

MA Costume Studies

Studying fashion and textile history at NYU, with a focus on lace history.

FIT

Undergraduate - BFA

Majoring in Textile Arts with a Minor in Art History, graduating summa cum laude in May 2015.

Awards

2015

Kornit Sustainable Design Competition, Kornit Textiles

2015

George T. Dorsch Scholarship Award, FIT (Funding a lace conservation project involving traveling across Europe to study lacemaking and interview lacemakers for a book.)

2014

HFPA Scholarship Award, Home Fashion Products Association

Skills

Illustrator Photoshop Bobbin Lacemaking Needle Lacemaking Weaving Garment Construction Machine knitting Screen printing Embroidery Crochet Natural and Synthetic Dyeing Fluent in Japanese Conversational French