The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts has hired Patricia Brown as chair of the Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising.
“After conducting a national search, we could not be more pleased with the talent and vitality Patricia will bring to the Fashion department,” said Joseph H. Seipel, dean of the School of the Arts. “I look forward to seeing what new direction she will bring to her department.”
Brown is a fashion industry veteran with more than 20 years of design and design direction experience. In 2008, she founded Patricia Brown Designs, a high-end fashion, jewelry and accessory design firm. She has worked with some of the best names in the business, including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein Collection, Adrienne Vittadini, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic.
Brown graduated from the College of William and Mary with a major in economics and a minor in English. She then earned a bachelor of fine arts in fashion design, with honors and a Gold Thimble Designer Critic Award, from Parsons School of Design in New York City.