After receiving her design degree in New York from Parsons School of Design, Amelia (Amy) Williams established her professional career in the fashion industry in Los Angeles. Williams has spend her career traveling the globe to build her substantial practice in sweater, cut & sew knit and pattern development. Williams has interwoven her interests in movement and the body in action, with her understanding of knit design and construction so as to establish her design practice as a innovator in women’s designer knits, sweaters, and active sports products for the ski and swim industries.
Williams' work has been photographed for Women’s Wear Daily, California Apparel News, Active Sport, Vogue, Elle, and Glamour, to name just a few. Her clothing has been sold worldwide in high-end design boutiques, department stores, and catalogs/websites and has been seen on both the large and small screens in numerous films and television shows.
Williams' studio practice today supplies illustration, color, design and print work to the trade in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Williams' affinity to her surrounding outdoor lifestyle feeds her design practice, including pro bono design work for local teams and volunteer organizations through out the greater Bay Area. She is passionate about moving the industry behaviors forward into the 21st century and has been focusing her energies on emerging professional development and practices with a keen focus on sustainable business and product development futures.
Having served as the Chair of CCA's Fashion Design Program since 2007, (Interim Co-chair 2006), Williams has proudly helped to shepherd CCA's fashion design program rise in national and international rankings - 10th in the nation and to 30th world wide. Williams is also a founding member of the FiSF, San Francisco's Fashion Accelerator Program. She served as an adviser to The WORKSHOP Residency in the Dogpatch district in San Francisco and on Mayor Ed Lee's Fashion Group Initiative. Williams is a Leading by Design Fellow, CCA Fellows program of the DMBA program. Prior to joining faculty at CCA, Williams was a senior design lecturer for Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, and a lecturer at FIDM, Los Angeles, where she was noted as "faculty of the year."