LISAMCFADDEN is a New York City designer with over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. Lisa studied millinery while earning her BFA in Fashion Design from American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated with top craftsmanship honors. She was critiqued by French couturier Pierre Cardin who, upon seeing her student work, said she was a designer who 'knows her job'.
Lisa handcrafts headwear using couture techniques, the finest traditional materials as well as unexpected findings. Her millinery work has been published in American Airlines 'Celebrated Living' magazine, Hatalk Magazine, National Geographic Your Shot, CBSnews.com, Women’s Wear Daily, Rolling Out magazine and Today's Black Woman. Lisa's hats are a feature favorite in the fashion graphic novel series, Winona, Inc.
As a member of the Milliners Guild, she served on the board and as the newsletter’s editor-in-chief, 2016-2018. Not only has she appeared with the Milliners Guild on the TV series ‘Cake Boss', but Ms. McFadden’s headpieces entitled ‘Golden Child’ and ‘Bird of Paradise’ have been displayed with the group at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Mezzanine Gallery for the 2018 ‘Holiday’ and 2019 ‘Camp’ themed exhibits, respectively.
Ms. McFadden has collaborated with both fashion and textile designers, notably by providing hats for fashion icon Stephen Burrows’ New York Fashion Week showing, while working as his assistant. The textile designers at Savel, Inc., Tania Vartan and Scott Bodenner have provided the milliner with beautiful fabrics to create bespoke pieces and displays for showroom windows at the Decoration and Design Building in Manhattan, New York. Currently LISAMCFADDEN MILLINERY is on display with the Milliners Guild at the Garment District Alliance’s display window located at 215 W. 38th Street, NY, NY 10018, through September for New York Textile Month.
Lisa taps into vintage inspiration for her collections while adding contemporary flare. and would love to see you in LISAMCFADDEN MILLINERY!