Lisa McFadden studied millinery while earning a BFA in Fashion Design from American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated with top craftsmanship honors. After years of freelancing in New York City's fashion industry as an illustrator, fashion designer and technical designer with companies like Ann Taylor, J Crew and Gap Inc., Lisa decided to revisit hatmaking in 2003 with a capsule collection of hats she blocked in her small Brooklyn studio. Soon after, she would create her first CRUSH Cap.
Lisa continued to work in the industry until launching her brand, LISAMCFADDEN MILLINERY, in 2014. Much has happened since, most noteably her handmade headpieces entitled ‘Golden Child’ and ‘Bird of Paradise’ were in special exhibitions of couture headwear at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Media coverage includes VogueRunway.com, GoldenGlobes.com, CFDA.com, The Hat Magazine, Signature Bride, CanvasRebel.com National Geographic Your Shot, CBSnews, Women’s Wear Daily, Cake Boss, Hatalk, Blackhistory.com, Sirius XM, Blackher.us, Fleek Digital Magazine, Rolling Out, Today's Black Woman, and Fault Magazine. Lisa has been featured in the illustrated series, Winona, Inc., is a frequent contributor to Hatalk Magazine, and has also been featured on the cover. She has collaborated with designers Stephen Burrows, Byron Lars and Sheila Gray, as well as textile designers Savel, Inc., Tania Vartan and Scott Bodenner. Lisa looks forward to expanding the brand with passion projects like her fashion film short, Journey-Cuba, which screened at Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and more bespoke capsule collaborations.