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Fashion Designer, Lynne Higginson
Lynne Higginson
Adjunct Instructor



Lynne’s career began over 35 years ago as a patternmaker apprentice for the largest junior sportswear co. in the U.S., headquartered in Cleveland OH. It was a time of drafting pleated skirts, pin tucking, ruffle ratios, sloper blocks and coordinated pieces. Here, she also studied cost engineering when “time studies” in the factories were a common method of pricing. Interested in childrenswear, she moved to Boston to expand upon her patternmaking at The Wm. Carter Co., drafting patterns, creating setups for screen prints, embroidery placements and size grading. She relocated to the Philadelphia area as a central fashion hub to work and raise a family. Lynne’s career has encompassed some the largest Private Label Cos and major corporations: Robyn Meredith Inc, Albert Nipon, Jones Apparel Grp, Urban Outfitters, Polo Ralph Lauren, Talbots, Kohls, Ascena Global Grp, RG Apparel and One Jeanswear Grp. Her work has included well known designers Norma Kamali, Philip Lim and more. Lynne’s work expanded the Plus business for Kohls, researching fit through studies, showcasing ads with models on Broadway in NYC and the sides of the NYC tour buses. Her expertise as a Sr Technical Designer also includes mens sportswear and outerwear. She’s traveled to China to work with overseas patternmakers, visiting wash and dye factories or checking production for quality control. Trips to CA. became essential to seek the smaller boutique type production, focusing on denim manufacturers for fabric development, wash and dye houses, and garage cottage industries.

Lynne’s experience evolved from flat pattern to the Gerber CAD system, until it eventually shifted overseas, transitioning to technical design. Overseas partners included India, China, Pakistan, Vietnam, Korea, Turkey and Egypt; utilizing the programs of illustrator, photoshop, Optitex, Browzwear, WEBPDM and WEBPLM. Throughout her career she’s trained and managed teams and taught Patternmaking I and II in the Fashion Program at Rowan College @ Burlington County. At RCBC she help to head up the fashion show and participated on the Advisory Board.

Graduating from the University of Cincinnati in Fashion Design, Lynne has felt it important to improve upon industry skills by taking additional coursework at FIT.

 “I am excited to share my knowledge, teaching future fashion professionals at Drexel University the foundations of fashion as we now evolve more rapidly into sustainability, virtual fittings and digital media.”

Fashion Design, University of Cincinnati