Amy Williams

Amy Williams, Jury Mentor, Amelia Williams Studio, Associate Professor of Fashion Design: CCA

Born and raised in Malibu, California, Amelia (Amy) Williams has spent her life with a pencil or paint brush in hand creating since the age of three. 

Focused on the future of creative material innovation and industry change, Amy is purpose driven to “do” things well with the highest level of integrity possible. Collaboration is key, she is champion for internal creative growth amongst team members and equally enjoys curating external partnerships. She is a practical visionary who can left-brain a right-brained project to deliver it creatively outside of the box while on time and on budget. The white space of a fresh piece of paper waiting for the challenge of a design brief or illustration is as exciting as a wide open run of fresh snow.

Passionate about delivering beautiful desirable product through innovation and best practices, Amy has become a key sustainability voice in the west. She is the Designer Director of  DUCKWORTHco, the Montana based #sheeptoshelf natural technical apparel company, as well as the Co-founder of Village Couture, a social enterprise focused on bringing together artists and artisans worldwide to benefit the craftspeople in emergent countries. 

Amy Williams received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design/The New School of Social Research in Fashion Design and her certificate for Design Leadership from California College of the Arts. After Parsons, Amy applied her talents to designing contemporary women’s wear, activewear and sweaters for multiple labels in California for prior to opening her amelia°williams studio in the bay area in ‘ 98. Her designs have been sold  in FredSegal’s, Scoop, Big Drop, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom’s, Barney’s, and graced the pages of WWD, CApparel News, Vogue, Elle and Glamour to name just a few.  

From 2006 to 2016, Amy served as the Program Chair of CCA’s Fashion Design program.  She mentored dozens of emergent design thinkers in aesthetics and futures thinking. Under her leadership, CCA’s Fashion Design program rose to top national and international ranking, supported by a creative handpicked faculty team. A founding board member of the Fashion Incubator of San Francisco, and a Textile Exchange Board member, Amy’s passion for incubating sustainable entrepreneurship for a better fashion future as well consulting with brands pushing the boundaries in practice.