Artist CV

WHITNEYMANNEY

FASHION/TEXTILE DESIGN


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fibers

Focus in Garment & Textile (Hand/Digital) Design                                                2012

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri


Summer Directed Study: New York City                                                           2011

AWARDS

Rightfully Sewn x Kauffman Foundation FastTrac Scholarship 2016

Mid-America Arts Alliance Artistic Innovations Grant Recipient 2015


ArtsKC Inspiration Grant Recipient                                                                  2013

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES


Artist INC
. 2012  

Kauffman FastTrac 2016


ARTIST

WHITNEYMANNEY, Head Designer/Owner

2011-Present

Kansas City, MO

WHITNEYMANNEY is a ready to wear women's clothing label based in Kansas City, MO. WHITNEYMANNEY mixes innovative textile design with unique ready to wear silhouettes, staying true to it's street art and urban inspired aesthetic.

 

EXHIBITIONS
Third Thursday Featured Designer, Nelson-Atkins Museum Shop
2016

West 18th Street Fashion Show ‘Wild Summer’
2016
Accessories Designer for I AM Brockstar


Installation Artist, Kansas City Police Department North Patrol
2016/17 (Currently Under Construction)

Diamonds Unleashed #DUSupergirl Cape Designer
2016
Developed and designed a heroine cape for NYC jewelry designer Kara Ross’ women empowerment organization Diamonds Unleashed

WHITNEYMANNEY Presents ArkhiMODiste

2015
Presented the label’s 6th collection, ArkhiMODiste, in a seven week fashion exhibition at The Box Gallery in Downtown KC. A runway show was presented opening night on September 11, 2015. The 9 look collection was created using handmade and digital print textiles designed by Whitney Manney, inspired by themes of utility,
modification and the culture of the unknown worker. A 29’ x 10’ walll weaving props, large scale digital prints and decals were also created to complete the ArkhiMODiste exhibition.

Table Designer, DIFFAKC 25th & Final Dining By Design

2015


Fashion For A Cause Runway Show

2015

Featured Designer, Halls Kansas City

2015

WHITNEYMANNEY Presents PrimaRebelle                                                        

2014

Presented the label’s 5th collection, PrimaRebelle, in a two week fashion exhibition at UMKC Gallery of Art. A runway show was presented opening night on October 23rd, 2014. The 15 look collection was created using handmade and digital print textiles designed by Whitney Manney, inspired by the ideas of royalty, respect and rebellion. Furniture, props and large scale paintings were also created to complete the PrimaRebelle exhibition.  


Contemporary Reflections: Brown v. Board of Education After Sixty Years  

2014

Exhibition featuring 20 African American artists at the Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University in Topeka, KS. A installation entitled, Back To School, is on display in the gallery. The piece features 13 digital print/hand dyed backpacks that represent each family that was involved in the Brown v. Board case. The textile designs feature a motif that was a key element in the cultural milestone.


WHITNEYMANNEY x Bazaar Pastiche Fashion Film Collaboration                 

2013

In collaboration with Lauren Snedden and Sarah Jones of Bazaar Pastiche, a editorial fashion film for the ‘Xeno|irideSupreme’ collection was filmed in Kansas City to bring new imagery to the collection. Link: vimeo.com/75257429


Kansas City Fashion Week

Fall 2013                                                                                          

Presented the label’s Spring/Summer ’14 collection entitled ‘Xeno|irideSupreme’ on October 3,2013 at Union Station. Comprised of 15 looks, the collection was inspired by the ideals that inspired the Space Age. A short film and documentary for the collection was created in collaboration with Lauren Snedden and Sarah Jones to promote and have a permanent editorial piece for the collection.


Saint Louis Fashion Week: Style In the Loop

2013

Presented 7 looks of the main Spring/Summer ’14 collection and 3 additional looks on September 29, 2013 at an outdoor show in the Delmar Loop.


Featured Designer, Blue Bird the Boutique
St. Louis, MO
2013

 

Aquafina x Project Runway Design Challenge                                                                          

2013

Submitted fashion illustrations that embodied the qualities of Aquafina water and my aesthetic into a nationwide search looking for designers to compete in a special Project Runway design challenge. Illustration entitled, 'I Am Pure Rhythm' made it to the top eight and finished in sixth place.


Featured Designer, Juz Naz&T Accessories Boutique                                                             

Kansas City, MO 2013


Made! A Pop-Up Shop Collective                                                                                                 

2012

Coordinated, exhibited and sold recent works along with five other Kansas City artists that cater to the city's wearable needs at a newly formed pop-up shop collective in Westport on November 17, 2012.


Brown Shoe Company Presents:Project:Design!                                                                      

2012

Competed in nationwide search scouting emerging designers to show at St.Louis Fashion Week. Worked rigorously with Rock Uniform PR Team to develop brand image and worked in collaboration with the GM Design Team to create a Chevy inspired look. Presented part two of the label’s Fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection entitled ‘Chroma Flux’ at the Project:Design! show during St. Louis Fashion Week on October 9, 2012 at St. Louis Science Center Exploradome. Comprised of 10 looks, the collection’s garments and textile designs were inspired by American sportswear and Chicago.

 

Kansas City Fashion Week

Fall 2012                                                                                   

Presented the label’s Fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection entitled ‘Chroma Flux’ at Kansas City Fashion Week on September 8, 2012 at The Gallery in the Power and Light District. Comprised of 9 looks, the collection’s garments and textile designs are inspired by American sportswear and Chicago.


Wardrobe Designer, A Good Match
                                                                                     

2012

In collaboration with the art director of the film and short film director Lyn Elliot, wardrobe for each character of ‘A Good Match’ was pulled and on set of filming each day. Responsible for researching, assisting with visual character development and purchasing clothing for the shoot prior to filming and for dressing the actors daily and supervision of the cast’s wardrobe on set.


Nest Luxury x Whitney Manney                                                                                            

2012

Created a visual display, using clothing and artwork from the Whitney Manney Spring/Summer 2012 collection, for June 2012 First Friday in the design showroom of Nest Luxury.


Kansas City Art Institute Commencement Sash Designer                                                

2012


WHITNEYMANNEY Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Show                                                      

2012

1819 Central Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Presented the label’s Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection, titled “Rhythmic|Decay,” on May 10, 2012 at 1819 Central Gallery in the Crossroads Arts District. Comprised of 15 looks, the collection’s garments and textile designs are inspired by Phoenix.


Senior B.F.A. Exhibition                                                                                                       

2012

Group exhibition of graduating seniors from Kansas City Art Institute at the H&R Block ArtSpace


Featured Designer, Desi’s Dollhouse Boutique                                                          

Westport, Kansas City, MO 2011-2012


Whitney Manney Fall 2011 Runway Show                                                                           

2011

Shoe Loft, Kansas City, MO

Presented the label’s Fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection, titled “Writings on the Wall,” on September 30, 2011 at the Shoe Loft in the Crossroads Arts District. Comprised of 11 looks, the collections garments and textile designs were inspired by New York City.


Featured Designer, Ragz Design House                                                                         

Crown Center, Kansas City, MO 2010-2011


Fibers Department End of Semester Exhibition                                                             

2008-2011

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO


TEACHING/LECTURES
Featured Speaker, Creative Mornings Kansas City at The Kemper Museum
2016

Fashion Design/Show Workshop                                                                                      

HALO Foundation

2014-Present

Instructor for an annual 8 week workshop to a group of 6 young ladies, ages 9-17. Each week we learned techniques such as hand sewing, how to operate a sewing machine, bleaching denim, styling, etc. The students then showcased their work at a fashion show benefiting the HALO Foundation.


Featured Artist Speaker, ArtsKC Inspiration Breakfast

2014


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