Catherine Andreozzi is a fashion designer and Associate Professor of Apparel Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Catherine served as department head from 2010 to 2014. During that period, she forged curriculum enriching academic partnerships with industry elite including Tommy Hilfiger, Hermes, Niccole Miller, Levi’s, Urban Outfitters, Supima, and Maybelline, as well as Merce Cunningham and Brown University. In 2012, Catherine was the recipient of the Dean’s Recognition Award for outstanding contribution to the wellbeing and advancement of the Department of Apparel Design. She was creative director of the annual “Collection” fashion show from 2012 to 2014. Catherine 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, Industrial Design, Architecture, and Digital + Media departments at RISD that investigate the arena of wearables and embrace additive manufacturing. Starting in 2013 Catherine 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.
Catherine, a RISD alumna (‘87), designed knitwear for several NYC fashion houses, holding several positions as design director. Principal of her own firm since 1989, with a focus in knitwear design and research & development, 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, Catherine designed and marketed a fine art sterling silver jewelry collection under her own label, allowing 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.
Currently, Catherine’s 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 runway collections for 3D Print Show at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris and London, as well as showing collections in Milan, New York and Hong Kong Fashion Weeks. In addition to her professional work Catherine gave 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 Catherine consulted and helped actualize a research project (Digital Pregnancy Through Domestic Objects) under the Design Fiction group at the MIT Media Lab.