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
Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship for Arrowmont 2019
School of Arts & Crafts
AltCap Your Biz Grant Competition, Second Place Winner 2017
38th Annual Art Westport First Place Winner 2017
FedEx Small Business Grant Finalist 2017
The Refinery and
the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
UBERpitch Semi-Finalist 2016
Rightfully Sewn x Kauffman Foundation Resident designer . 2016
Mid-America Arts Alliance
Artistic Innovations Grant Recipient 2015
ArtsKC Inspiration Grant Recipient 2013
Kauffman FastTrac 2016
Artist INC. 2012
WHITNEYMANNEY, Head Designer/Owner
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 its street art and urban inspired aesthetic. WM also provides freelance textile design services and fashion/textile based education workshops.
Featured Panelist, Politics of Fashion with American daughters at Central Exchange
Guest Critic, Design Studio II: Weekend & Denim at Stephens College
Fashion & Textile Design Instructor, Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
Clothing Repair Workshop Leader at Johnson County Library, Central Resource Makerspace
Featured Speaker, People’s Art Speakers Series at The EpiCenter 2018
Stephens College Jury of Selection + Lecturer
Featured Panelist, Good Company Magazine Kansas City Panel with Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge
Continuing Education Instructor, Kansas City Art Institute Fibers Department
Outreach Program Leader 4th-6th Grade, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
Program leader for Junior Girl Scouts at six KC Metro area schools in the city’s urban core. I am responsible for classroom management, curriculum development, research and maintaining healthy relationships with the girls and parents
Featured Speaker, Creative Mornings Kansas City at The Kemper Museum
Fashion Design/Show Workshop Instructor, HALO Foundation
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
Featured Designer for 30 AMericans Exhibition, Nelson-Atkins Museum Shop
Every Women Biennial NYC Exhibiting Artist at La Mama Galleria
Janet K. Miller Award Designer, presented to Mayor Sly James at the 35th Anniversary Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey Gala
Featured Designer, Entreduce Subscription Box
Persistence: A National Exhibition Celebrating Women’s Empowerment at D’art center norfolk, VA
Featured Designer, TEDxKC Women’s Maker Pop-Up
Featured Designer, SouveNEAR Vending Machines at Kansas City International Airport
39th Annual Art Westport Exhibiting Artist
Featured Designer, HutchFest Omaha
Featured Designer, Ladies Love Project Pop-Up Shop Los Angeles curated by TooFly
Fashion Formula UK Sewentist, Contemporary Women’s 2018
Featured Designer, The Museum Shop at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Featured designer, Holiday strawberry swing Indie craft fair at union station Kansas City
Nelson-Atkins Museum Third Thursday ‘Pop, Lock & Bloch It Party’ Fashion Show
38th Annual Art Westport Exhibiting Artist
WHITNEYMANNEY x Peggy Noland Kansas City Pop-Up
Featured Designer, Your Friends & Neighbors
Third Thursday Featured Designer, Nelson-Atkins Museum Shop
West 18th Street Fashion Show ‘Wild Summer’
Accessories Designer for I AM Brockstar
WHITNEYMANNEY Presents ArkhiMODiste
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.
Featured Designer, Halls Kansas City
Table Designer, DIFFAKC 25th & Final Dining By Design
Fashion For A Cause Runway Show
Featured Designer, Halls Kansas City
WHITNEYMANNEY Presents PrimaRebelle
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
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
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
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
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
Aquafina x Project Runway Design Challenge
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
Made! A Pop-Up Shop Collective
Curated, 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!
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
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
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
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
WHITNEYMANNEY Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Show 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.
Featured Designer, Desi’s Dollhouse Boutique
Westport, Kansas City, MO
Whitney Manney Fall 2011 Runway Show
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