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Steven A. Cutting

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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Kitts
Favorite Quote:
Live Your Passion And Don't Stop.

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1961
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Fashion Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Kitts
Favorite Quote:
Live Your Passion And Don't Stop.

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1961
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Fashion designer Steven Alan Cutting was born in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York on June 8, 1961 to Russaloin and Clement Cutting. Cutting learned to sketch at six years old, and by the time he graduated from Queens’ Christ the King Regional High School, he was determined to pursue a career in fashion. Cutting earned his B.F.A. degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1983.

After college, Cutting worked on Seventh Avenue with the design firm Enrico Masei. Then he moved to Italy and worked at a freelance studio owned by Anna Schpioni. Cutting worked in Italy and Germany where he was a designer for Krizia and Chiwitt from 1983 to 1985. In late 1985, Cutting returned to the United States and became the head designer for Philippe Monet. While at Philippe Monet, Cutting traveled extensively and began to specialize in leather and cloth outerwear. In 1990, he established his own freelance company, Steven A. Cutting, Inc. The company’s clients included Kenneth Cole, Reebok, Collage, and Pony. Cutting worked for himself until 1996, when he became head designer for Perry Ellis America. In 1999, he joined First Manufacturing Company, where he was the design director for Jimmy and Marylou and the Whet Blue Collections. In 2000, Cutting was hired by the Larry Levine and Boston Outfitters labels. Cutting has worked with the House of Dereon owned by Beyoncé and Tina Knowles and has also established his own label, Katalyst.

Cutting joined the faculty of the Fashion Art Department of the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2001, where he teaches design techniques with leather. From 2003 to 2005, he was the president of the Fashion & Arts Xchange, a networking organization for people of color in fashion and the arts. In 2006, Cutting joined the board of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, working to fight AIDS. Cutting lives in New York with his wife, Asha Shetty, and has three children.

Steven Cutting was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 30, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Steven A. Cutting lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Steven A. Cutting remembers his mother's influence
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Steven A. Cutting describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Steven A. Cutting describes his maternal family's professions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Steven A. Cutting describes his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Steven A. Cutting describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Steven A. Cutting describes his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Steven A. Cutting describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Steven A. Cutting describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Steven A. Cutting describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Steven A. Cutting remembers his mother's cooking
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Steven A. Cutting recalls celebrating the holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Steven A. Cutting describes his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Steven A. Cutting describes his childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Steven A. Cutting describes the sights and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Steven A. Cutting remembers his childhood trips to museums
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Steven A. Cutting describes his childhood pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Steven A. Cutting describes his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Steven A. Cutting recalls travelling abroad with the Robert F. Kennedy Incentive Program
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Steven A. Cutting recalls his early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Steven A. Cutting describes his religious background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Steven A. Cutting remembers Christ the King Regional High School in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Steven A. Cutting remembers applying to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Steven A. Cutting describes his skills upon entering the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Steven A. Cutting recalls his tuition at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Steven A. Cutting describes his influences as a fashion designer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Steven A. Cutting recalls learning to sew at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Steven A. Cutting describes his interest in the fashion industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Steven A. Cutting remembers the Harveys Bristol Cream fashion show
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Steven A. Cutting remembers his award at the Harvey Bristols Cream fashion show
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Steven A. Cutting recalls the impact of winning the Harveys Bristol Cream award
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Steven A. Cutting remembers working as a fashion designer in Italy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Steven A. Cutting talks about influential Italian fashion designers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Steven A. Cutting remembers living in Italy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Steven A. Cutting recalls his return to New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Steven A. Cutting recalls developing his expertise in leather designs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Steven A. Cutting describes his fashion design consulting firm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Steven A. Cutting remembers his partnership with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Steven A. Cutting remembers designing for Perry Ellis America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Steven A. Cutting describes his transition to designing menswear
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Steven A. Cutting remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Steven A. Cutting recalls meeting his parents-in-law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Steven A. Cutting describes his wedding ceremony
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Steven A. Cutting talks about his children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Steven A. Cutting remembers Kevin Pinnock
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Steven A. Cutting talks about reestablishing Steven Cutting, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Steven A. Cutting talks about teaching at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Steven A. Cutting describes his work with the Fashion and Arts Exchange
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Steven A. Cutting remembers the mentorship of Clara Branch
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Steven A. Cutting describes the Gay Men's Health Crisis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Steven A. Cutting reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Steven A. Cutting describes the cultural differences in the fashion industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Steven A. Cutting describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Steven A. Cutting describes his current fashion design projects