Elizabeth Giardina

Derek Lam 10 Crosby.

Elizabeth Giardina, BFA02

Elizabeth Giardina is vice president of design at Derek Lam 10 Crosby, and has been with the collection since its inception in November 2011. Alongside Derek Lam, Giardina has created the concept, attitude, and aesthetic for the contemporary diffusion line. She is responsible for the design direction of the ready-to-wear collection, as well as overseeing the aesthetic cohesion of accessory collections, licensed products, and special collaborations with other brands. Within three years, Derek Lam 10 Crosby opened its flagship store in Manhattan (November 2014), and the collection is carried in many luxury retail locations nationwide, such as Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Intermix.

Before joining Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Giardina was head designer for Halston, where she worked under the direction of Marco Zanini, Marios Schwab, and Jeff Mahshie and was responsible for creating the Halston Heritage collection. Her fashion career began with stints at Polo Ralph Lauren and Zac Posen.

Giardina earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture in 2002 from Washington University. In spring and summer 2013, she was a textile design visiting scholar at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and had an apprenticeship with Anthony J. Hewitt Tailor on London’s prestigious Savile Row. As a student, she was mentored by Ron Leax, Paul Dillinger (BFA94), and others, and she has made it a priority to advise Washington University students, sponsor internships, and recruit alumni to her team. Giardina returned to Washington University in fall 2013 to serve as a guest artist in the fashion design department. She also serves as co-founder and co-chair of WU Fashion Connects, an alumni networking organization in New York.