Mariel Manuel
Creative Consultant, Concept & Design by Making
Mariel Manuel
Creative Consultant, Concept & Design by Making
Based in
Paris, France
More than 10 years experience
Represented by

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.

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Creative Consultant
Première Vision Aug. 2020 - Sep. 2020
Paris, France

Consulting, Trend forecasting and illustration of loks for the A/W 21-22 season

Pro Helvetia New Delhi, artist in residence
Pro Helvetia New Delhi Nov. 10, 2019 - Mar. 10, 2020
New Delhi, India

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 . The last leg of her residency will be in Delhi where she plans to research around sustainable design practices.

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"Storytelling through design"
Indian Institute of Craft And Design Jaipur Jan. 5, 2020 - Jan. 13, 2020
Jaipur, India

Talk and conference for the students of IICD Jaipur about story-telling in design and creativity.

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Workshop at AOD, Colombo
AOD / Academy Of Design Colombo Dec. 15, 2019 - Dec. 21, 2019
Colombo, Sri Lanka

2-day workshop for the students of AOD / Academy Of Design Colombo on creative fashion illustration and repurposing waste

"Garbage Dreams"
Bangalore Design Festival Nov. 10, 2019 - Dec. 10, 2019
Bangalore, India

Installation of textile sculptures co-created with students of the JD Institute of Fashion technology, out of repurposed waste material for Bangalore By Design.

Workshop on sustainable fashion design
JD Institute of Fashion technology Bangalore Nov. 30, 2019 - Dec. 6, 2019
Bangalore, India

5-day workshop with the fashion design students of the JD Institute of Fashion technology around repurposing waste.

Today At Apple
Apple Sep. 15, 2019 - Sep. 16, 2019
Paris, France

Workshop and talk
Labo art et design : La mode autrement, avec Mariel Manuel

Creative Design Consultant
Haider Ackermann Jul. 2019 - Sep. 2019
Paris, France

Creative Design Consultant on a show theme. Creative drape research and model making

Creative Design Consultant
Alyx Mar. 2018 - May. 2019
Ferrara, Italy

Creative Design Consultant, Alyx womenswear.
Defining DNA pieces, volumes and details, used overall in the collection plan.

Nike Air720 campaign
Nike Sep. 10, 2018 - Sep. 18, 2018
Paris, France

Custom made prototypes for Nike Air 720 campaign

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Group show, Royal Watercolor Society
Royal Watercolor Society Mar. 1, 2018 - May. 1, 2018
Londres, United Kingdom

Group show of the Royal Watercolor Society, London

Pigments On The Plane
Artbeat Gallery Pondicherry Jan. 4, 2018 - Jan. 30, 2018
Pondicherry, India

Exhibition curated by Mariel Manuel and Gurunathan Govindan. Collection of paintings and watercolors.

Senior Womenswear Designer
Paco Rabanne Mar. 2014 - Sep. 2017
Paris, France

Womenswear designer, ready-to-wear and precollection. Working on iconic mesh, leather, jersey and knit. Sports capsule and commercial collection

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Workshop on textile experimentation
Head Genève May. 2015 - Jun. 2015
Genève, Switzerland

One month workshop for the Ba fashion students around textile development and experimentation. Resulting in a capsule collection and book.

Assistant Designer Womenswear RTW
Balenciaga Sep. 2011 - Mar. 2014
Paris, France

Assistant Designer / Junior Designer.
Show pieces and experimental projects, leather and commercial pieces. Working with Nicolas Ghesquière and Alexander Wang

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Exhibition of the Swiss Design Awards 2012
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich Oct. 2012 - Nov. 2012
Zürich, Switzerland

Exhibition of the Swiss design Awards 2012. Group exhibition

Swiss Design Award

Swiss Design Award 2012

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Get In The Haze
MuseumsQuartier Vienna May. 2011 - Sep. 2011
Vienna, Austria

Group exhibition, MuseumsQuartier Vienna

Intern, Womenswear RTW
Balenciaga Sep. 2010 - Sep. 2011
Paris, France

Intern Womens ready-to-wear.
Working on showpieces and image pieces, leather and experimental projects with Nicolas Ghesquière

Washed up, Selfridges London
Selfridges London May. 2011 - Jun. 2011
Londres, United Kingdom

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.

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Swiss Design Awards

Swiss Design Award 2011

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Exhibition of the Swiss Design Awards
Mudac Lausanne Oct. 2011 - Nov. 2010
Lausanne, Switzerland

Exhibition of the Swiss design Awards 2011. Group exhibition

Arnhem Mode Biennale
Arnhem Mode Biennale Jun. 2010 - Jul. 2010
Arnhem, Netherlands

Exhibition at the Arnhem Mode Biennale 2010, The Netherlands

Coccodrillo Award
Anvers, Belgium

Coccodrillo Award, for the best shoe design, by the Coccodrillo Store Antwerp

Mention spéciale du jury
Momu Award 2010
Anvers, Belgium

Marie Manuel wins the MoMu Award for her exceptionally motivating course of study at the fashion department of the Royal Academy in Antwerp.

Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp) Sep. 2009 - Jun. 2010
Antwerp, Belgium

Master degree Fashion Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

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Jeremy Scott Jun. 2009 - Aug. 2009
Los Angeles, United States

Internship at Jeremy Scott LA

Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp) Sep. 2006 - Jun. 2009
Antwerp, Belgium

Bachelor degree Fashion Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

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Foundation Course
Ecole des arts appliqués de Genève Jun. 2005 - Jun. 2006
Genève, Switzerland

Foundation Course in Fashion design and 3D draping

Experimental fashion illustration
Central Saint Martins (London) Jul. 2004 - Aug. 2004
Londres, United Kingdom

Short course at CSM in experimental fashion illustration

Industry sectors






Creative Direction



3D Creative Pattern Cutting



Fashion design


Software skills


Adobe InDesign



Native language







Dutch; Flemish



Professional knowledge

Types of contracts
Freelance / Missions
Personal details

Green card holder / US working permit

UE working permit

Potentially open to relocate

Professional references

Mariel Manuel

Vogue Talents, the Awareness Issue

The New Frontiers Of Awareness

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"Meet the Swiss Fashion Designer who makes cocktail dresses out of garbage"

Published article about Mariel Manuel's work and residency in India.

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Chance Meeting Results in Art Exhibition

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.

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Blow it Up

Custom made recycled blow it up plastic dress for Novembre Magazine

"Poësie Am Kleiderbügel"

Portrait of Mariel Manuel, published in l'Officiel Suisse, 2016

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The Joy Of Six

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

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Mariel Manuel, la superhéroïne romande qui vole d'Anvers à L.A.


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