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Cynthia Rowley, Fashion Designer

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Illinois native Cynthia Rowley was seven when she designed her first dress and a senior at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago when she sold her first collection of eight pieces to some of New York"s most prominent stores.

Over the years, the Cynthia Rowley collection has grown to include menswear, jeans, shoes, eyewear, hosiery, umbrellas, handbags, small leather goods and a signature fragrance. There are Cynthia Rowley boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and East Hampton, and many in Japan. The collection is also represented in better department and specialty stores both domestically and internationally.

Cynthia"s creative endeavors have proven to be award winning. The council of Fashion Designers of America CFDA honored her with the prestigious New Fashion Talent Award. The CFDA recognized Cynthia again three seasons after introducing a complete menswear line with a nomination for the Perry Ellis Award for New Menswear Design Talent.

A wide range of targeted media has helped Cynthia Rowley reach a large national and international audience. She has appeared on television in business profiles on CNN and CNBC. She has been featured on MTV, Entertainment tonight ", VH!, Life of Luxury ", and E!. Cynthia has also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman ", and is a frequent guest on national morning shows, including Good Morning America ", The Today Show "and The View ". Editorial coverage includes features in print media such as Harper"s Bazaar, W, Vogue, Elle, Glamour, and The New York Times.

In 1999, Cynthia and her best friend, Ilene Rosenzweig, the former deputy style editor for The New York Times, co authored the best selling book, Swell: A Girl"s guide to the Good Life. The highly aticipated sequel, Home Swell Home, was released in 2002 and was followed by Swell Holiday in 2003. The next book in the series, an entertaining guide, The Swell Dressed Party, Spring 2005. Swell"s popularity has brought many exciting spin offs; a monthly column in glamour, engagement calendars, mini books, swell related television programs and products for home. The success of swellco has spawned housewares and lifestyle books and a license deal with Tarrant Apparel for the design, production, and distribution of jeans, paper goods and housewares.

Cynthia has many hidden talents, including the art prime time televlsion commercials. In her free time she enjoys many death defying adventures, from skydiving to trapeze performances to surfing. She is a fan of contemporary art and an avid art collector.

Cynthia Rowley, the namesake company, is owned by Cynthia Rowley, the designer.

Cynthia Rowley was seven when she constructed her first dress. As a senior at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she sold her first collection of eight pieces to a number of New York"s most prominent stores. Since then, the Cynthia Rowley Collection has grown beyond women"s wear to include beauty, baby, bicycles, active wear, home sewing patterns, tools, handbags, shoes, legwear and shapewear. The Collection is sold in better department, specialty and online stores, as well as in approximately 60 Cynthia Rowley shops around the world. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) honored her with the prestigious Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear and recognized Cynthia again with a nomination for New Menswear Design Talent. A broad range of targeted media has aided Cynthia Rowley in reaching a large national and international audience. Cynthia has appeared on numerous TV shows including the Late Show with David Letterman, Oprah, Good Morning America, Today, and more. She regularly appears as a guest judge on Project Runway and Design Star. Editorial coverage consists of features in nearly every major magazine domestically and internationally, including Vogue, Elle, W, Harper"s Bazaar, Glamour, The New York Times, Elle Decor, In Style and Vogue Paris. Cynthia is a bestselling author of the Swell series and has five books to date; her most recent, Slim: A Fantasy Memoir, was published by Rizzoli and includes her original drawings. Cynthia is a mother to two daughters and is married to Bill Powers, co owner of Half Gallery on the Lower East Side and judge on Bravo"s competition series Work Of Art. "In her free time she enjoys many death defying adventures, including surfing, waterskiing and scuba diving. Cynthia is an admirer of contemporary art and an avid art collector. She is on the board of RxArt, an organization dedicated to placing art in hospitals and healing environments.

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