Cathy Olivar
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Location: Arlington, VA, USA
University: Marymount University
Major: Fashion Design

Cathy Olivar

Work Experience

Anthropologie, McLean, VA
Senior Customer Associate, February 2017 – Present
●Works with team to make daily goal and holds manager duties when specified on the sales floor
●Creates close customer connections to give them a better shopping experience

Jeanene Medley, Washington DC
Technical Designer, June 2018- Present
•Assists in the design process
•Creates tech packs for handbags

Pattern Sample Sew, Washington DC
Intern, August 2017 – April 2018
•Created pattern drafts, made muslin samples, adjusted final patterns for clients, assembled garments
•Worked closely with knit garments and soft wovens
•Advanced industrial machine and serger skills
•Traced pattern onto final fabric and manufactured garments in bulk

Plato’s Closet, Manassas, VA
Sales Associate, June 2015- February 2017
●Trained to purchase store merchandise
●Worked with a team to strategize ways to make the daily goal for the store
●Worked on the store’s visual merchandising
●Managed the store’s social media pages (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat)

Mindi McClure for Worth New York, Arlington, VA
Fashion Intern, October 2016
•Assisted in putting together trunk shows
•Processed online orders and created customer databases
•Kept merchandise organized on the sales floor during customer appointments

Orientation Leader, Marymount University Arlington, VA
May 2016-August 2017

International Banquet, Marymount University, Arlington, VA
Fashion Show Head Chair, February- April 2016
•Created show choreography, ran model rehearsals, and coordinated garments for models

Portfolio in Motion (Annual Fashion Show), Marymount University, Arlington VA
Model Coordination Specialist/Assistant Head Coordinator
December 2015- April 2016; December 2016-April 2017
•Assisted in running model rehearsals, create show walks, run garment reviews
•Assisted in putting together model looks: hair, makeup, and shoes
•Coordinated hair and makeup with Paul Mitchel and tux fittings with Men’s Warehouse

Soma, Tysons, VA
Seasonal Sales Associate, December 2015

Education
Marymount University, Arlington, VA
B.A. Fashion Design; Sustainability minor, May 2018
• Pattern making, slopers
• Draping, tailoring garments and knitwear
• Fashion Illustration
• Textile Design
• Product Development

Study Abroad (Short Course), Rome, Italy
Study Abroad (Short Course), London, England
• Course work on the fashion industry; learned networking skills and importance of visual merchandising

Additional Skills
● Fluency in written and oral Spanish
● Adobe CC Suite programs like Photoshop and Illustrator
● Advanced patternmaking, draping and sewing skills
● Fabric sourcing
● Technical Design
● Passion to work in an independent and collaborative environment
● Ability to be adaptive and learn new skills on the job

fashion design, merchandising, social media, design and lifestyle