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.
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.
She is now a Thiel Fellow for the class of 2013. Featured in New York Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Her Campus, and many other press outlets, Maddy has been named a “Female Founder to Watch” by Women 2.0.
Cinematography: Miriam Agwai, Danielle Calodney
Edited by: Miriam Agwai
Interviewed by Laura Lehmann