Margaret Howell

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Margaret Howell, Design director

Margaret Howell began her career making accessories and selling them to London shops, however, the turning point was when she discovered a vintage mans shirt which inspired her to make her own designs. In 1970 Margaret Howell established a design studio and workroom making men’s shirts from start to finish, quickly attracting a loyal clientele who appreciated the quality fabrics and attention to design detail. By 1980 Margaret Howell had launched a women’s collection, based on the same design principles and tailoring she applied to her menswear. Nominated by Grace Coddington for Designer of the Year in 1984, Margaret Howell was one of the first wave of British designers to find success in Japan during the early 1980s. In 2007 Margaret Howell was awarded the CBE for services to the fashion retail industry and appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) by the RSA in recognition of her achievements in
fashion design.

Curated by the design museum July - September 2014

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