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About Cynthia Rowley
Cynthia Rowley constructed her first dress when she was seven years old. Her intuitive technical skill paired with a love of "making things" led her into an undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she began to pursue a career in fashion. Her first full collection was purchased while she was still in school, and gave her the leverage she needed to move to New York and establish her brand.
Rowley's namesake collection has since grown to include womenswear, menswear, eyewear, handbags, shoes, legwear, shapewear, home sewing products, and Genuine Article designed tool sets, as well as collaborations with Johnson & Johnson, Band-Aid Brand, and Roxy for beachwear and wetsuits. These latter ventures represent Rowley's interest in infusing design into everyday or utilitarian products, as she feels that everything one uses or wears can be well-designed and infused with quality artisanship.
Rowley has been recognized both within the fashion industry, with a Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear Design Talent by the CFDA in 1994 and a 1998 CFDA nomination for the Perry Ellis Award for New Menswear Design Talent, and as a popular style authority on "Oprah," "David Letterman," "The Today Show," "Project Runway," and "America's Next Top Model," among others. Her work has been featured in nearly every major magazine and newspaper domestically and internationally, and is sold in over sixty Cynthia Rowley boutiques around the world.