Who We Are
Jan Ardell

Faculty member Jan Ardel has been in the fashion industry for over 30 years, and been teaching for 15. She graduated from University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BFA degree.

Jemi Armstrong
Jemi Armstrong As a professor, illustrator, and author, Jemi teaches fashion sketching and illustration at Santa Monica College and holds a Master’s degree in science along with several under graduate degrees and professional designation certificates in fashion and art. As an illustrator for retail and manufacturing clients including Medi Spa, The Colleagues, Fred Segal and Michael Stars, Jemi has been involved in costume illustration for film, TV, and digital illustration along with fashion drawing. Recent projects include co-author and illustrator for the books; Affordable Couture published by Vivays Publishing, The Fashion Design Drawing Book published by Thames and Hudson, The 10 Principles of Fashion Design published by Vivays Publishing, From Pencil To Pen Tool Understanding and Creating the Digital Fashion Image published by Fairchild Publishing Inc., I Sketch Therefore I Am. The 2009 gallery show event “Fashion Warriors” was a series Jemi designed, illustrated and executed based on historical research and extensive European travels. Jemi was the featured guest on HGTV’s “Awesome Interiors” a Home and Gardens cable show that showcases creative design endeavors.
Wynn Armstrong
Wynn Armstrong Professor and author Wynn Armstrong teaches computer aided design classes for the fashion department at Santa Monica College. He has developed curriculum for Digital Portfolio Development, and bridged the Photoshop/Illustrator gap between graphics and fashion industry users. Jemi Armstrong, M.S., Wynn Armstrong, M.Ed. and Lorrie Ivas, M.S., combined efforts to co-author two books on fashion and the digital world entitled From Pencil to Pen Tool: Understanding and Creating the Digital Fashion Image and Fashion Design Drawing Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: The New Guide for Aspiring Fashion Artists.
Marina Boyadzhya
Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Northridge in 1990 majoring in Apparel Design and Merchandizing, from Family and Consumer Sciences. Master’s Degree from California State University, Northridge in 2007 in Apparel Design and Merchandizing, from Family and Consumer Sciences . Currently Marina Boyadzhyan is a part-time lecturer at Santa Monica College. She teaches courses such as Beginning Clothing Construction, Advanced Clothing Construction, Pattern Making, and Tailoring.
Lorrie Ivas
Twenty seven years of teaching and curriculum-building experience at the state and independent university level (Santa Monica College, Mt. St. Mary’s College – Brentwood and doheny, American College for the Applied Arts and American InterContinental University, as well as guest lectures in the Design Dept at USC) enables Lorrie Ivas to bring the fashion and retail industries into the classroom. She blends the contemporary fashion field with the visual arts world through her experience in visual display/propping, retail design consulting, and design line sheets and website editing. She conducts seminars and workshops specializing in fashion and media-related topics as well as directing specialized study tours in New York City. Lorrie has co-authored a book on fashion and the digital world (2006) by Fairchild Publications/Condé Nast (New York) entitled From Pencil to Pen Tool: Creating the Digital Fashion Image, with another Fairchild textbook coming in 2010/11. She is completing research for a two-part volume involving fashion advertising and photography.
Sofi Khachmanyan
Sofi Khachmanyan first learned garment construction when she was in high school, in Armenia. Her further education in Armenia was in Embroidery arts, after which she was teaching, also participating to variety of exhibits in the former USSR as a Master Embroiderer. Her professional training as a fashion designer, patternmaker, sewer, and textile specialist was in America. Sofi has her AD from FIDM, BA and MA, both in Fashion and Textiles from California State University of LA. She worked for a number of Fashion houses as a fashion designer and patternmaker. From 1993 to 2006 she had her own small company of high quality knit wear. Sofi did some projects for costume industry as a designer and costume builder and has an award for the Best Costume Design in LA from LA Weekly. Currently she is an instructor at Art Institute of Hollywood for more than a decade, teaching pattern making, draping, sewing, Textiles, Fashion History, and Costume specialties. One of her major interests now is doing research about historic costumes and textiles.


Carlotta Bennett - Photo/Fashion Department Secretary