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 their newsletter’s editor-in-chief, 2016-2018. Lisa has appeared with the organization on the TV series ‘Cake Boss' and exhibited at the Garment District Alliance 38th Street window for New York Textile Month. Ms. McFadden’s headpieces entitled ‘Golden Child’ and ‘Bird of Paradise’ have also 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. 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.
Lisa taps into vintage inspiration for her collections while adding contemporary flare. and would love to see you in LISAMCFADDEN MILLINERY!