AROUND TOWN: Madalyn Manzeck

Around Town

After a short conversation and glance at this Tom Ford lover’s work, it is evident that this design student has a successful future ahead of herself. She’s focused, passionate and driven; characteristics that shine through in everything she does, from her fashion illustrations to her finished garments. This girl has huge aspirations, but there is no doubt in my mind that she will achieve each and every goal she has set for herself.

Name: Madalyn Manzeck

Role: Student Designer

CollegeFashionista: What made you decide you wanted to be a fashion designer? 

Madalyn Manzeck: I guess it really started with my love of sewing. I really liked how you could create the ideas and designs that were in your head, making them come to life.

CF: Which designers do you look up to?

MM: Tom Ford! He revolutionized the fashion industry in the ’90s and brought back sex appeal, one of the driving forces of the fashion industry. This was back when minimalism and grunge were big, two things that are not at all sexy. My dream job is to work on Tom Ford’s creative design team, specifically in womenswear. I feel like I could learn a lot from him because he’s someone who has really made it in the industry.

CF: Where do you look for inspiration?

MM: I have a photo gallery of things I find on the Internet and clippings from magazines. It sounds cliché, but I find inspiration everywhere. Fashion is a huge inspiration in itself. I’ll see a garment that I love on the runway and it inspires me to design something with that silhouette, print or fabric.

CF: How do your personal style and design aesthetic relate?

MM: My design aesthetic is a direct result of my personal style. My style is clean, simple and classic. I live in black and white and clean silhouettes, but always with a twist. I mainly wear Ralph Lauren, H&M and The Limited. I try to emulate my personal style when I design, but I always bring it up to the next level.

Learn More: Madalyn will be a junior in the apparel design program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison next fall. During the fall semester, she will be working on her junior portfolio which will be showcased in December. She will then apply to FIT, which is where she hopes to attend school beginning in fall 2015. After her dual undergraduate degree is complete, she hopes to get a job for a design company. Eventually, she plans on creating her own line and applying for either the CFDA Fashion Fund or LVMH Young Designer award. You better watch out New York City! It won’t be long before this blossoming designer is storming the streets!


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