Oprah loves professor's handbags

Designer, fashion photographer and professor Ellen Stern new to Lynn this year

Published Oct. 21, 2009

Ellen Stern, a designer of couture handbags that appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2003, and a fashion photographer who has worked in major fashion hubs including New York City and Milan, Italy, is a new assistant professor of photography in Lynn University’s College of International Communication.

In 2002, Stern designed a line of art to wear/couture handbags that are sold in high-end boutiques throughout the United States, Canada, France, Italy and Saudi Arabia, and have been exhibited in various museum shows worldwide. And one year later, in 2003, EJ Stern Handbags caught The Oprah Winfrey Show’s attention and was selected as one of 29 finalists (out of 10,000 products) to be featured on Oprah’s “The Next Million Dollar Idea” show. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey personally commissioned two custom EJ Stern handbags to match her Yves Saint Laurent suit and Prada shoes

Source: Ellen Stern was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. She earned a bachelor of arts in English from Clark University in Mass., and continued her education at the University of Delaware, earning a master of fine arts. Currently, Stern lives in Boca Raton with her two children.

Prior to her position at Lynn, Stern worked commercially as a fashion photographer for 10 years in New York, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and Milan, Italy, among others. In addition, Stern developed, taught and directed the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) summer study abroad Paris photography program in Paris, France, where students were immersed in an intensive technical and conceptual workshop that enabled them to thoroughly engage in the city of Paris through the medium of photography.