Virginia Johnson is a Toronto-based textile designer and artist. After studying Art History at Queen’s, she moved to New York to study fashion design at Parsons. One of her first jobs was as a PR assistant at Helmut Lang, at his new Greene Street headquarters, and as a design assistant on the first shoe and bag collections. After leaving HL, Virginia began her illustration career, working on Kate Spade’s stationery line and her etiquette books before launching her own collection of printed caftans.
Virginia’s scarves, dresses and tunics have been sold at stores around the world such as Barneys, Liberty's, Holt Renfrew, J.Crew and Anthropologie. Her clothing is part of the permanent collections of the Textile Department at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Her illustration clients include Vogue, New York Magazine, and John Derian, as well as the Madame Chic series and Deborah Needleman’s The Perfectly Imperfect Home.
Virginia continues to create textiles from her Toronto studio, and is working on her next painting series. Her book, Travels Through the French Riviera, was published in 2018 by Artisan Books.