FACULTY: Kay King
QUOTE: “Our students have gone to international competitions and beat out some of the most prestigious fashion design schools in the world, so we know we are doing something right.”
Kay King is division chair of the award-winning Lifestyle Arts and Design Careers at Houston Community College (HCC).
Before HCC, she had a 20-year career in fashion design, creating nationally distributed ready-to-wear as well as costumes and uniforms for the Houston Rockets, the Astrodome, Astroworld, Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Oilers cheerleaders. Her HCC Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design Programs are State of Texas Exemplary Programs. She holds a BA from the University of North Texas and an MLA from Houston Baptist University.
Kay was the 2006-2008 President of the Costume Society of America and coordinated their 2004 international symposium in Houston. They awarded her the 2004 Presidential Award of Honor and their 2005 Fellow Award. In 2009 she was named one of Houston’s Most Influential Women by Houston Woman magazine. In 2001 Kay received the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge National Award for her service to the community. In 2000, Fashion Group International presented her their first Fashion Forum Award. And in 1999 the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, awarded her the Fine Arts Fashion Award. In 1992 Kay was named Woman of Excellence by the Federation of Houston Professional Women. In 1996 she was elected president of this organization of 5000+ Houston area professional women.
Kay went to China in 1997 and taught 50 Chinese Fashion Designers how to make their designs more marketable to Americans. An avid mask collector, she has traveled to 48 countries to add to her 100+ piece collection. She celebrated her 60th birthday by going skydiving.