Instructor | Michi Raab

Michi Raab

Michi Raab is a professional fashion portfolio teacher, tutor and coach. She has guided fashion designers in creating and improving their portfolios to increase their success in job searches, schoolwork, and applications to design schools. She works with all levels of designers, from high school students to seasoned professionals.

After graduating from The Fashion Institute of Technology, Michi worked as a successful designer for 20 years before spending the next 17 years as a fashion design recruiter. For the last seven years she worked at Ralph Lauren as the company’s primary design recruiter. Throughout her career in the fashion industry, she has reviewed and critiqued hundreds of fashion designers’ portfolios; a critical component of success in a highly competitive industry.

Students in major design schools have benefited from her participation in the classroom, on panels of industry leaders, and with career offices.

Her expertise covers all apparel markets: men’s, women’s and children’s, and she works with designers in a multitude of specialties: outerwear, sweaters, business and casual sportswear, active and performance sportswear, loungewear, dresses, and evening wear.

Michi’s comprehensive design education and industry experience in sketching, clothing construction, patternmaking and draping, ensures technical accuracy in designers' portfolios.

Michi brings her extensive fine arts background to counseling on color, composition, mood and inspiration boards, portfolio layout and overall visual presentation.