The New Frontiers Of Awareness
Manuel_Manufactures is a creative design studio and consulting agency founded by Swiss/American fashion designer and artist Mariel Manuel.
A fashion graduate from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, she has imagined concepts and materialized stories for Paris runway shows for almost a decade.
At the crossroads of textile, garment and sculpture, she crafts pieces in 3D, bringing to life stories for clients in fashion, textile, cinema and music. She also paints and illustrates.
She develops her singular language in textile and embroidery by reusing waste textiles with local craftspeople in Chennai, Southern India.
Consulting, Trend forecasting and illustration of loks for the A/W 21-22 season
Mariel Manuel on residency in India and Sri Lanka.
A Swiss artist and fashion designer, Mariel Manuel works mainly by materializing ideas in 3D, on the body or in space, sometimes at the crossroads of sculpture and design.
“Ten dresses under my bed” is an ongoing research project by Manuel that ques
tions the values and use of textile, craftsmanship and the disposal of fabrics that produce waste. Through an extensive research and appropriation process, Manuel collects textiles from around the world and numerous found plastics and objects, combining them into what appear to resemble finely hand-worked cocktail dresses. Both geometric and organic, the dresses are presented as wall textiles that tell their own story in their own time.
During her three month residency, Mariel will be conducting workshops for designers at Bengaluru ByDesign, followed by a research visit to Sri Lanka where she will interact with students at https://www.aod.lk/ . The last leg of her residency will be in Delhi where she plans to research around sustainable design practices.
Talk and conference for the students of IICD Jaipur about story-telling in design and creativity.
2-day workshop for the students of AOD / Academy Of Design Colombo on creative fashion illustration and repurposing waste
Installation of textile sculptures co-created with students of the JD Institute of Fashion technology, out of repurposed waste material for Bangalore By Design.
5-day workshop with the fashion design students of the JD Institute of Fashion technology around repurposing waste.
Workshop and talk
Labo art et design : La mode autrement, avec Mariel Manuel
Creative Design Consultant on a show theme. Creative drape research and model making
Creative Design Consultant, Alyx womenswear.
Defining DNA pieces, volumes and details, used overall in the collection plan.
Custom made prototypes for Nike Air 720 campaign
Group show of the Royal Watercolor Society, London
Exhibition curated by Mariel Manuel and Gurunathan Govindan. Collection of paintings and watercolors.
Womenswear designer, ready-to-wear and precollection. Working on iconic mesh, leather, jersey and knit. Sports capsule and commercial collection
One month workshop for the Ba fashion students around textile development and experimentation. Resulting in a capsule collection and book.
Assistant Designer / Junior Designer.
Show pieces and experimental projects, leather and commercial pieces. Working with Nicolas Ghesquière and Alexander Wang
Exhibition of the Swiss design Awards 2012. Group exhibition
Swiss Design Award 2012
Group exhibition, MuseumsQuartier Vienna
Intern Womens ready-to-wear.
Working on showpieces and image pieces, leather and experimental projects with Nicolas Ghesquière
Exhibition in the windows of Selfridges London.
In support of Project Ocean, the exhibition highlighted the consequences of over-fishing. Twenty-six ocean-inspired couture garments and accessories were displayed alongside historic dress in Victorian cabinets, all set within a landscape of dead coral
recovered from UK customs.
Swiss Design Award 2011
Exhibition of the Swiss design Awards 2011. Group exhibition
Exhibition at the Arnhem Mode Biennale 2010, The Netherlands
Coccodrillo Award, for the best shoe design, by the Coccodrillo Store Antwerp
Marie Manuel wins the MoMu Award for her exceptionally motivating course of study at the fashion department of the Royal Academy in Antwerp.
Master degree Fashion Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
Internship at Jeremy Scott LA
Bachelor degree Fashion Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
Foundation Course in Fashion design and 3D draping
Short course at CSM in experimental fashion illustration
3D Creative Pattern Cutting
Green card holder / US working permit
UE working permit
Potentially open to relocate
The New Frontiers Of Awareness
Published article about Mariel Manuel's work and residency in India.
Paintings of artists Gurunathan Govindan and Mariel Manuel on display
The chance meeting of two artists from different continents at the Mumbai airport brought them all the way here to the city to showcase their works.
Portrait of Mariel Manuel, published in l'Officiel Suisse, 2016
Mariel Manuel: This 22-year-old Antwerp student of Walter van Beirendonck has already worked for Jeremy Scott and produced her own line for Swedish brand Weekday