Galina Mihaleva

Galina Mihaleva is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the school of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, where she teaches Technology, Art and Fashion. Her work and research deal primarily with the dialogue between body and dress, driven by the idea of having both a physical and a psychological relationship with a garment as a responsive clothing - wearable technology.

Prior to joining NTU, Galina taught at Arizona State University for more than 15 years costume design and designed for world renown choreographers in USA, Asia and Europe. In 1993 Galina left Bulgaria and moved to USA to study at Arizona State University. She holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in fine arts and is presently a Ph.D. candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, investigating “The role of the designer in the era of Smart textiles and Wearable technology”. As an extension of her education in 2011 she earned an Image consultant certificate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and in 2013 she received her certification in Smart Textiles, from Gent University in Belgium.

She is the founder of Galina Couture in Scottsdale, Arizona, where her team develops exclusive collections of one of a kind designs. Her interest in fashion lies in exploring the extent to which we experience fashion (emotional, intellectual and sensual aspects) and how we might be able to accomplish a higher state of connectivity between the body and our clothing.

Her art and design work has been shown in festivals, galleries and museums across United States, Asia, Central and South America and Europe. In 2007 she was nominated for the best design award at Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

Beyond in-depth analysis of cultural values she combines traditional tailoring methods while developing and using new materials and innovative construction processes. Unbounded by the old rules, Galina now offers her work as a testimony to the power of beauty and expression, and to the transcendent human spirit. She regards her works as being timeless.