on sabbatical academic year 20/21
In addition to teaching in RISD’s Apparel Design department, Catherine Andreozzi is a fashion designer who has designed knitwear for several NYC fashion houses and held several positions as design director. Since 1989 she has been principal of her own firm, which focuses on knitwear design and research & development, and her clients have included Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Liz Claiborne, J.Jill, Curio, Talbots, Marmaxx Group, and Smith & Hawken. While working in the New York fashion industry, she designed and marketed a fine art sterling silver jewelry collection under her own label, providing her the opportunity to experiment freely in a different medium. In 2004 she co-founded Sugar pi, a children’s luxury knitwear label, and served as its president until 2006.
At RISD, Andreozzi served as Apparel Design department head from 2010–14. During that period, she forged curriculum-enriching academic partnerships with industry elite including Tommy Hilfiger, Hermes, Nicole Miller, Levi’s, Urban Outfitters, Supima and Maybelline, as well as Merce Cunningham and Brown University. In 2012 she was recipient of the Dean’s Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to the wellbeing and advancement of the Department of Apparel Design. She was creative director of the annual Collection fashion show from 2012–14. She also worked alongside LLB Architects in 2014 to design the new home of the Apparel Design department at 189 Canal Street in Providence.
Notable areas of scholarship, research, and passion have resulted in the development and offerings of interdisciplinary courses between the Apparel Design, Industrial Design, Architecture and Digital + Media departments at RISD that investigate the arena of wearables and embrace additive manufacturing. Starting in 2013, Andreozzi has co-taught the following interdisciplinary courses: Digital Body: Hybrid Adornment; Designing Space Gloves for NASA; Bodyscapes; Augmented Body and In, On, Around and Between.
Andreozzi’s currently work investigates the juxtaposition of new manufacturing paradigms with traditional artisan skills. Through hands-on research and experimentation, she discovers new forms of expression blurring the lines between fashion, art and technology. She has exhibited her work internationally, including at runway collections for 3D Print Show at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris and London and has shown her collections in Milan, New York and Hong Kong Fashion Weeks. In addition to her professional work, Andreozzi presented a workshop on creativity at Hiko Mizuno College in Tokyo and consulted at the Harvard Wyss Institute with engineers on a soft robotics glove. Most recently she consulted and helped actualize a research project (Digital Pregnancy Through Domestic Objects) under the Design Fiction group at the MIT Media Lab.