Andrea Reynders


    Fashion designer Andrea Reynders has maintained a broad engagement with a range of fashion related endeavors in her varied roles as designer, educator, curator, consultant, and mentor. Reynders’ most current line features contemporary coats, and shirts under the Andrea Reynders label. Her modern designs while linear and sculptural are classic. Her designs reflect and define the space between body and garment, dreams and reality and the relationship between our private worlds and our lived expressions of being.

    In 2018 she was one of the founders of we are MATERIAL, a collective of clothing and accessory designers who are committed to a creative practice that redefines the intersection of artisanal tradition with contemporary silhouettes.

    She has lectured at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago on Jackie Kennedy, at the Defsa Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on Fashion and Architecture, and at Archeworks in Chicago on Skin.

    Both a curator of and artist in exhibitions of fashion art, Reynders has also served as an advisor for publications on fashion for the St. James Press in London, Laurence King Publishing, and the French publication of the Jean Charles de Castelbajac Album. She has been a visiting artist at the Royal College of Art in London, the Department of Design at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Reynders was twice awarded a residency at the Quimby Colony in Portland, Maine.

    At Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, she developed the curriculum for the Fashion Studies program. Invited to Thembalethu, an HIV-AIDS Home based care center in Mpumalanga, South Africa, she trained poverty stricken young adults in design and sewing skills.

    Professor Emeritus and former Sage Endowed Chair of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Reynders developed and taught numerous courses in fashion as well as interdisciplinary courses that cross the boundaries of art and design. Through her administrative leadership, she was a visionary directing the faculty and students toward growth and change in a department that has national and international status. Reynders led the development of the SAIC Graduate program: Fashion Body and Garment. Andrea Reynders was most recently the Design Director for the Chicago Fashion Incubator, where she mentored six Designers in Residence in a two-year program she developed. She contributes to many other design initiatives, such as the Chicago History Museum’s FashioNext program. She continues to nurture designers internationally.

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