By  on July 18, 2007

NEW YORK — Sportswear designer Toni Howard died of lung cancer Thursday at the Shirley Goodman and Himan Brown Hospice Residence here, said her daughter, Lisa Goding. She was 63.

Born in Manhattan, Howard grew up in Westport, Conn., and was introduced to design at an early age because her mother was a painter and her father illustrated Brooks Brothers ads. After graduating from Parsons School of Design of the New School University in New York in 1966, she put her design skills to the test at Bobbie Brooks. She then worked at Lady Manhattan and Copperfi eld designing sportswear, and eventually joined Murjani International as vice president of design for its Gloria Vanderbilt division.

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