1997 – Alexandria, Virginia
Frankie Welch, President of Frankie Welch Designs, hopes one day her “scarf museum” collection can travel to universities and clubs for students and others to enjoy. She began her scarf design career at the request of First Lady Mrs. Lyndon Johnson. Ms. Welch has designed for the last seven United States Presidents and has created over 3000 other designs for personalities, corporations, clubs and universities. Her historical architectural fabric designs have been acclaimed for their interpretation of decorative details, such as her design for St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. She lectures and teaches courses on design and business to schools and universities and has served as a design consultant to the textile industry. She serves on the boards of several universities and foundations including the Francis Scott Key Foundation, as well as Auburn University and Furman University. She is active in the Fashion Group International and National Arts and Letters. One of Frankie Welch’s highest honors occurred when Betty Ford donated her Frankie Welch designed gown to the Smithsonian’s First Lady Collection where it is now on permanent display. Although very active as president of her design business, Frankie feels a strong commitment to her family and friends and is very involved in Alexandria and Washington, DC charities. Frankie is a graduate of Furman University, attended the University of Georgia and has an honorary doctorate from the International School of Fine Arts.