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


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                                                                     

PRO.STUDIES

Kauffman FastTrac 2016

Artist INC. 2012  


 

ARTIST

WHITNEYMANNEY, Head Designer/Owner
2011-Present

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.
 

COMMUNITY/ TEACHING

Continuing Education Instructor, Kansas City Art Institute Fibers Department
2017

 

Outreach Program Leader 4th-6th Grade, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
2016-Present
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
2016

 

Fashion Design/Show Workshop Instructor, 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
 

EXHIBITIONS

Featured designner, Holiday strawberry swing Indie craft fair at union station kansas city
2017

Nelson-Atkins Museum Third Thursday ‘Pop, Lock & Bloch It Party’ Fashion Show
2017

38th Annual Art Westport Exhibiting Artist

2017

WHITNEYMANNEY x Peggy Noland Kansas City Pop-Up  

2017

Featured Designer, Your Friends & Neighbors
Cincinnati, OH  

2016- Present                             

Third Thursday Featured Designer, Nelson-Atkins Museum Shop
2016
 

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

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.

Featured Designer, Halls Kansas City

2015

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
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!                         
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                             
1819 Central Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2012
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
2011-2012

 

Whitney Manney Fall 2011 Runway Show                          
Shoe Loft, Kansas City, MO
2011

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