Lorraine Howes began her fashion career in South
Africa before going to London to work for major couture houses. Coming to the USA her
collections sold to stores in New England and New York as well
as a couture clientele.
In 1972 she was invited to
teach the Senior Studio at RISD and in
1976 was appointed Head of Apparel Design.
Lorraine was Head until 1999 during which time she taught studio classes, produced
and commentated the annual Fashion Show and expanded and developed the
curriculum to take students through all aspects of Apparel Design including a
comprehensive knitwear program. She expanded the fledgling internship program to enable all Apparel
Design students to serve at least once in a major American or European company.
In addition to studio
classes, since 1975 she has taught History of Dress using the Museum’s
collections, a class she continues to teach. She frequently serves as advisor
to graduate students in the Textile Department and enjoys being invited as a
Critic for Apparel Design and as a speaker to off-campus organizations.
Lorraine Howes has received
the Faculty member of the Year Award, 1985; the John R Frazier
Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1993; the Alumni
Association Honorary Award, 1995; and the Helen Rowe
Metcalf Award for Excellence in the Arts, 2003.
HISTORY OF DRESS