A Kansas City, MO native, award-winning fashion & textile designer Whitney Manney graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 with a BFA in Fibers. With a desire to create art in a wearable format, Manney creates garments and textile designs under her independent label WHITNEYMANNEY. Manney’s work has been featured in major press outlets and numerous art/fashion blogs. She is featured in the PBS show Make48 & My World Too. WM’s designs have been featured in the Peacock series Bel-Air and RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 8. Manney is a member of the 2021 American Craft Council Emerging Artists Cohort and recipient of the 2020 JOANN Minority Creative Grant along with numerous other grants. Her collections have been retailed at boutiques/stores, including Halls Kansas City, and showcased in more than a dozen runway and gallery shows. Creating a narrative between color and pattern is a signature of Manney’s work, “My job isn’t done until everybody in the world believes fashion is art”
Unbought And Unbossed stood out to me when it came time to select a quote. I really enjoy another quote from Shirley, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
I wanted to approach this a flair of pattern since my background is textile design and pay attention to Shirley’s iconic details.
Creative flow is such an amazing and unique experience. Being able to have an idea hit you, take it from a scribble, build it and then see it in the real world is such a reward. It takes a certain level of audacity to be a creative