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Claire Thomas-Morgan



Claire Thomas-Morgan is an alumna of Washington University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. After serving as a design and merchandising associate with a St. Louis-based company, she transitioned to visual merchandising with J.Crew while earning her Master of Fine Arts in Fashion Merchandising from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she had a dual focus on merchandising and fashion education. Her thesis centered around a business plan for a nonprofit children’s fashion education program. In 2014, Thomas-Morgan launched her own children’s wear line, Vivi Design Studio, which is a two-time Martha Stewart American Made Award nominee. Vivi Design Studio created the custom “H” logo dress that was worn by Hillary Clinton’s granddaughter, Charlotte, on election day in 2016.

Thomas-Morgan joined the Washington University fashion design faculty in 2009, and currently teaches Capstone 1, Digital Design, Portfolio Development, and Digital Fashion & Textile Design.


Work by Claire Thomas-Morgan

Two children modeling outfits in red and black; the child to the left wears a black and white suit (with cross/+ patterns) and a similarly patterned red vest with red shoes; the child to the right is in a patterned layered dress with black boots, wearing a muted golden crown/accessories.

SAINT Collection, Fall 2019

Photography — Patrick Lanham; HMU — Julie Dietrich.
Model in a gray and metallic-hued dress, with a crown of a golden, metallic color. The top portion of the dress is a lighter gray than the folds, which are much darker.

SAINT Collection, Fall 2019

Photography — Patrick Lanham; HMU — Julie Dietrich.
Child modeling a dark gray suit/blazer/outfit, the lapel of which is adorned with some soft white material.

SILVERTONGUE Collection, Fall 2020

Photography — Patrick Lanham; HMU — Julie Dietrich.
Child modeling a yellow dress; a yellow butterfly rests on their shoulder and they hold a compass in their right hand. The dress is in a sunny golden-yellow/light orange color.

SILVERTONGUE Collection, Fall 2020

Credits: Photography — Patrick Lanham; HMU — Julie Dietrich.
Three children modeling denim/navy outfits: on the left, a blue dress with cropped sleeves, in the center, a sleeveless denim (it seems) button-up with a ruffled skirt/shorts, and on the right, a graphic tee in black and white paired with blue trousers.

LABYRINTH Collection, Spring 2020

Photography — Patrick Lanham; HMU — Julie Dietrich.