Helene Reiner

Lecturer in Design

Helene Reiner

Helene Reinger, originally from New York, graduated from Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia with a BFA. Her career started as a designer for Nanette Children’s Co., and later with designer, Albert Nipon, Philadelphia. After relocating to LA, she started a graphics inspired T-shirt line, and subsequently built her own label, Full Nelson, a contemporary casual sportswear company that retailed in many major department from Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales to Macy’s and specialty stores nationwide. Offered to design for Actionwear USA, she helped fuel its growth into a known brand and look. Other brands designed and freelanced for were: Young Edwardian, Metropole, Saint Germain, One World Apparel, Kleen, Cotton USA.


Helene taught at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising for 16 years; fashion illustration, creative design, fashion and surface design, and co-wrote 9 Flats, a technical design textbook utilized in its curriculum. In addition, she taught design and portfolio development at Woodbury University. Helene remains a faculty member at Santa Monica College since 2007, teaching color theory, fashion history and fashion illustration, and adjunct instructor at Otis College of Art & Design CE teaching fashion figure drawing and fashion illustration. 


Helene’s passion is fashion history, textiles, sustainable design thinking and all areas of design communication. She is working on a new book project, consults, and currently styling wardrobe for Laugh Lounge, an online comedy stand-up platform.

Email hreiner@usc.edu