Qualifications Summary

Multi-talented, design-oriented individual experienced at working in creative, fast paced fields. Possesses excellent time management, artistic, technical, organizational and interpersonal skills. Confident, diligent, efficient and resourceful; able to carry out all types of projects from concept to fruition.

 Experience Highlights

Merchandising, Styling and Visual Display

Conceptualize, design, resource, fabricate, prop, stage and merchandise retail sales floors, window displays,showrooms, press and fashion events, photography sets, businesses and private residences

Prep, dress, fit and style forms, mannequins and models for catalog photo shoots, store, showroom and exhibit displays

Event Coordinating, Staging and Operation

Coordinate, conduct and negotiate sales of estates to auctioneers, dealers and the general public

Prep, position and traffic merchandise, props and sets while acting as liaison between chief stylist, art directors, photographer, studio managers, prop houses, catering staff and messenger services on catalog photo shoots

Conceptualization, Research, Design and Resourcing

Prepare clearly detailed plans, renderings, models and presentation boards to visually convey proposed ideas

Excel at verbal and visual conceptualization, spatial relations, measurement, hardware and material selection and utilization by studying and monitoring styles, trends and fads in home fashions, decorating and the visual arts

Brain-storm and contribute innovative, cost-efficient and time saving design and fabrication ideas

 Employment History

Organizer/Merchandiser/Negotiator Make-It-Fly Productions – Wappingers Falls, NY 2005-Present
Catalog Stylist Brooks Brothers – New York, NY 2006-2010
Visual Merchandising and Display Brooks Brothers – New York, NY 2003-2010
Designer and Fabricator Cliff Gaw Designs – Wappingers Falls 1997-Present
Auctioneer Liaison Basso Auctions – Buchanan, NY 1994-1997
Custom Decorating Consultant JCPenney Custom Decorating – Poughkeepsie, NY 1992-1994
Editorial Assistant Fodor’s Travel Guides – New York, NY 1990-1991
Managing Editorial Assistant Random House Juvenile Books – New York, NY 1988-1990

Education and Training

The Fashion Institute of Technology – New York, NY A.A.S. Visual Display and Exhibit Design – 2005 – Dean’s List 2003-2005
Manhattan College – Riverdale, NY B.A. History and Fine Arts – 1987 – Dean’s List 1985-1987

Talents and Skills

Drafting and Rendering – Drawing, Sketching and Painting – Scale Model and Prop Making – Decorative Painting, Staining and Faux Finishing – Construction, Dry Walling and Finish Carpentry – Sewing and Tailoring – Brain-storming – Adobe Illustrator


P.O. Box 723・Wappingers Falls, New York 12590・(845) 625-7221・cliff@cliffgaw.com