Approaching fashion from the perspective of a performative second skin, Madeline Felauer's silhouettes embody a sense of whimsy that reflect both my unique design aesthetic and romantic subject matter.
Born in 1998 in a small town in Wisconsin, her feelings of childhood restlessness were amplified t
hrough continual ingestion of novels that spun tales of adventure and travel. She became involved in garment creation due to its ability to transcend a physical location, allowing the viewer to be swept into a world only existing through the garments. She is inspired by visual works such as the Wizard of Oz and puppetry, which influence my approach to costume through a sculptural lense. As well as intrigued by the malleability that fabric holds, and its transformative qualities that allow exaggerated shapes to be formed. Her work utilizes the manipulation of non-traditional fabrics such as spandex, pattern and fabric curation to facilitate my ideas on intimacy and storytelling. These concepts are approached through a humorous combination of large bulbous shapes at unexpected locations and explosions of patterns.
Felauer is a recent graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned a 2020 BFA in Fashion Design. Currently based in Chicago, she has been involved in a number of fashion exhibitions through SAIC as well as a garment display at the St Jane Hotel on Michigan Avenue. Felauer’s fashion practice includes utilization of interdisciplinary techniques ranging from foundry, fabric dying and print design.
Fashion Design Major
Intern for Women’s team, worked closely with designers to create fabric manipulations for S/S 2020 Runway, and assisting in creation of digital prints. Organization tasks include categorizing of materials, shipping of international fabrics and participation in fittings.
Industrial and Hand Sewing
Garment and Textile Design
Flat Patterning and Draping
Synthetic and Natural Dyes
Leadership and Team Communication
Potentially open to relocate