giovedì 9 settembre 2010
Selected by the designer, artist, curator and tutor at Antwerp's infamous Royal Academy of Art, Walter Van Beirendonck, Swiss born 22-year-old Mariel Manuel is already on her way to becoming fully recognized for her designs. Starting the course in Antwerp at the tender age of 19, Manuel graduated earlier this year after having interned with the LA based favourite of Rihanna and M.I.A, Jeremy Scott, and being chosen to produce her own capsule collection for Swedish brand Weekday. Not just a designer, Mariel is also a talented illustrator, having been published in various international magazines including Vice, Kinki and D-Mode. Inspired by traveling and discovering new cultures and people, Manuel was awarded the Momu (Mode Museum) prize this year, which resulted in her first solo exhibition of both illustration and design at the Antwerp Fashion Museum.