Finding My Passion At A Sewing Class
Maddy Maxey | Fashion Designer

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  • 2013 Thiel Fellow, which awards students under 20 $100,000 to pursue their entrepreneurial vision
  • Co-founded a fashion-tech start up which brings 3D printing into fashion design
  • Winner of the prestigious CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship

Madison Maxey is a self-taught fashion designer and Parsons-dropout who, in 2013, was made the first-ever fashion designer to receive the Thiel Fellowship.

The Thiel Fellowship offers students under the age of 20 $100,000 to drop out of school and pursue other work for two years. This can involve scientific research, creating a startup, or working on a social movement.

Madison Maxey learned to sew at 8 and has been been working in the fashion industry since 15 with companies like Tommy HilfigerNylon Magazine, and Peter Som.

After spending a year in France at 16 and running a popular fashion blog that received invitations to Paris Haute Couture and Mercedez Benz Berlin fashion weeks, she returned to the states.

Her senior year of high school, Maddy won a CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship for college and interned in California and New York.

Maddy attended Parsons, the New School for Design for 4 months before taking a leave of absence to start her own clothing company. Madison Maxey Blazers led to a successful Kickstarter campaign, acknowledgement from industry leaders, and a love for entrepreneurship and tech.

Since then, Maddy has learned HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ruby and Ruby on Rails and has worked for companies like Enstitute and General Assembly.

She is now a Thiel Fellow for the class of 2013. Featured in New York Magazine, the Wall Street JournalHer Campus, and many other press outlets, Maddy has been named a “Female Founder to Watch” by Women 2.0.

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Cinematography: Miriam Agwai, Danielle Calodney

Edited by: Miriam Agwai

Interviewed by Laura Lehmann

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