Annette Ames

Professor Emerita

Fashion Design & Merchandising


Annette Ames

Contact Information

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Academic Credentials

B.S., University of California, Davis
M.F.A., Yale School of Drama

Teaching Areas

  • Fashion Design
  • Draping
  • Patternmaking
  • Fashion Theory

Research Interests

  • Evaluation of Creativity, Originality, and Aesthetics in Fashion Design
  • History of Dress
  • Relationship of Costume Design to Fashion Design


Professional Organization:

  • International Textile and Apparel Association

Prior to joining the Fashion Design and Merchandising faculty at Marymount, Annette Ames worked as a freelance designer, originally in theatre as a costume designer and then as a fashion designer for her own small line of dresses. Having originally studied theatre design, her research interests lie at the intersections of fashion design, costume design, costume history, and fashion theory. Her recent research has focused on the integration of trend research into the design of high fashion runway showpieces. Another interest is the investigation of successful strategies for integrating originality into apparel design. She enjoys working with students on these strategies and has sponsored successful student entries into juried exhibitions.

Selected Honors/Awards

* 2008 Lectra Outstanding Faculty Design Award for Ancient Future II. Top faculty award for the annual International Textile and Apparel Association’s Juried Design Exhibition.

  • 2008 Sandra Hutton Award for Excellence in Fiber Art for Ancient Future II. Faculty award, annual International Textile and Apparel Association’s Juried Design Exhibition.