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Ciarla, Jessica

Jessica Ciarla

Assistant Professor of Instruction
Division of Textiles and Apparel


Office Location
GEA 245

Postal Address
200 W 24TH ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Jessica Ciarla is a fashion designer and consultant with over fourteen years of experience in the fashion industry. Jessica worked in New York City for eight years as both a fashion designer and fashion publicist where she placed editorial coverage and backstage press for prominent fashion houses. In 2009, Jessica moved to Austin and launched her collection CIARLA bride, after receiving her Masters in Fashion Design Advanced at Italy’s Polimoda International Institute of Design and Marketing under the mentorship of the iconic Linda Loppa.

CIARLA bride features a collection of locally made little white dresses for the modern bride in luxurious silk fabrications. CIARLA has been featured in national magazines such as Vogue Nippon, In Style, Lucky, Time Out New York, Brides Magazine and The Knot along with many local publications and television segments. CIARLA is distributed nationally to local boutiques and was a multiple winner of “Best Bridal Designer” at Austin Fashion Week. 

In 2015, Jessica received her second masters in Mass Communications and Journalism with a Concentration in Public Relations. She works as a full-time Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin in the Division of Textiles and Apparel. She is the Founder and Social Media Director of TXA (@UTAustinFashion) where she creates and manages content across multiple communication platforms. Jessica is the Chair of the External Communications Committee and spearheads the solidification of editorial placement for the yearly TXA Fashion Show. She is the creator of the Kendra Scott/TXA Accessory Design, Development & Merchandising course, a collaboration focused on experiential student learning.

Jessica enjoys mentoring apparel students and continues to develop partnerships with industry leaders for collaborative learning experiences. She emphasizes the importance of sustainable practices and technology in all of her lesson plans and strives to educate students from both an artistic and entrepreneurial perspective. She spearheaded the team for Sustainable Embellishments in Copenhagen that won the 2019-2020 President's Award for Global Learning. She is a founding member of "The Circle Project," a trio of educators working alongside textile and apparel students and global thinkers committed to the mission of creating innovative business models in the clothing supply chain.  She is currently pursuing a PhD with an emphasis on sustainable design at Iowa State and lives with her husband and two children in Austin.