Mascha van Zijverden (Amsterdam, 1968) earned a degree in Fashion Design (cum laude) from ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, in 1991.
After having been active as a self-employed designer, she worked for various Dutch fashion designers, including Viktor & Rolf, Alexander van Slobbe and Saskia van Drimmelen.
In 2002 she switched to the world of art education, and became an instructor of Fashion Design at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. In 2004, the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (MaHKU) hired her as Course Leader MA Fashion Design, while two years later she also became Course Leader of the bachelor Fashion Design.
She is co-founder of Lichting, a yearly Dutch fashion contest, started in 2007.
In 2009 Van Zijverden returned to ArtEZ, where she was appointed Course Director of the renowned Fashion Masters, comprising the Master Fashion Design and the Master Fashion Strategy. Under her passionate guidance the Fashion Masters turned into two innovative, accredited curricula with an extensive international network.
Currently she is a member of the Research Group of the ArtEZ Modelectoraat (Professorship Fashion Theory & Research) and is working on Research & Projects at the ArtEZ Professorship of Education in Arts and Culture.