MARGARET HOWELL “For me make is integral to design. I’m often inspired by the method by which something is made. I find men’s clothes more interesting than women’s in their structure, feel and functionality. I started by designing men’s clothes and women wore them. It is important how a piece of clothing feels when worn. I always wanted my clothes to look the way I drew them – relaxed and lived in, a natural look” BIOGRAPHY 1965 - 1969 Studied Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London 1970 - 1980 Set up own Design Studio and workshops manufacturing own designs. Started designing men’s shirts and progressed into complete men’s and women’s collections. First London men’s shop opened in 1977 and women’s in 1980. Clothes retailed in London, Paris and US. Awarded Designer of the Year. Outfits donated to Museum of Costume in Bath and V&A Costume Department. 1980 - 1990 Licence agreement with Japan. First stand alone shop opened in Tokyo. Over 50 shops in Japan and UK by end of decade. Visiting Lecturer Cheltenham College of Art, Middlesex University and Royal College of Art. Visiting judicator for RSA Student Awards and Homes & Gardens Design Awards. 2002 - 2007 Wigmore Street shop opened. Retail space chosen to combine interest in post war British design with clothing collections. Collaborations with furniture and product designers including Ercol, Anglepoise, Robert Welch and Ernest Race. 2006 Launch of Favourite Shirt collection. Page 1 of 2 Page 2 of 2 2004 - 2007 Exhibitions on Basil Spence, Erno Goldfinger, Span Housing and John Penn. Supporter of architectural education charity Open House and sponsor of Open House London Weekend. 2007 Awarded CBE for services to the retail industry. Awarded RDI (Royal Designer for Industry) by RSA in recognition of achievements in fashion design. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION With a commitment to British manufacturing, traditional production techniques and quality fabrics, Margaret Howell’s clothes are simple and understated. Howell’s designs are recognised for their purity of line, attention to detail and functional approach, yet always remain contemporary and modern in look and feel. Margaret Howell began her career in the early 1970’s making men’s shirts, quickly attracting a loyal following who appreciated her approach and integrity of design. The shirts were sold internationally and by 1980 Howell had launched a women’s collection, based on the design principles and tailoring she applied to her menswear. Margaret Howell was one of the first wave of British designers to find success in Japan. Today, Howell is Design Director of Margaret Howell Limited and an expanding business in Japan, where the company has been established since the early 1980’s. Margaret Howell now has 50 retail outlets in Japan and together with stores in Taiwan, the Asia market accounts for over three quarters of Howell’s international turnover. In 2002, Margaret Howell opened her London shop and company headquarters in Wigmore Street, a gallery retail space chosen as the perfect environment to display her clothing collections and also host exhibitions to communicate Howell’s design interests beyond fashion. Margaret Howell opened her third London stand alone shop, a 235 square metre retail space on Fulham Road, in September 2006. Margaret Howell currently has five UK shops and one French retail outlet in Paris. A stand alone Paris flagship shop opens on Place de la Madeleine in February 2009. Margaret Howell has a personal interest in architecture and product design and is a keen supporter of British modernist design. Recent design collaborations have resulted in the re-issue of classic British furniture and product designs from the 1950’s and 60’s, providing the opportunity for a new generation of design aware consumers to appreciate and value the quality of British manufacturing and craftsmanship.