We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the 2019 ASDP conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Please join us in October as we welcome
Miranda Levy's story begins in the tiny town of Wilton, Wisconsin where she was the daughter of an Army soldier and the oldest of three children. Following in her father's footsteps, her work was defined by the eight years she spent in the U.S. Army as a construction equipment mechanic, a path she chose due to their reluctance to hire a woman for the position. After active duty, Levy returned to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she earned a BFA in Fibers.
Levy’s early work explores her own experiences in the military, questions the effects that camouflage has when applied to the human form, and investigates the role that the uniform plays. Levy’s uniform-like designs have been the highlight of several fashion shows including Run Up to the Runway at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Return to the Runway, and Contemporary Threads. Her designs have been featured in several editorials including M magazine, INFO magazine, Marie Claire, and Country Woman magazine. In 2013, Levy was featured as a contestant for television's Lifetime Series, Project Runway, season 12, an experience that has launched her career to higher levels.
While design ultimately plays a leading role in Levy’s life, she is most thankful for the opportunity to teach and share what she learns with others. Her husband jokingly refers to her as the world's youngest grandmother which she holds as her highest compliment. Thankfully, Levy’s career has allowed her the opportunity to mentor and teach students at the Milwaukee Public School’s Bay View High School, Art Institute of Wisconsin, The Jewish Museum, Vogue Fabrics, and the Museum of Wisconsin Art.
With her life as the mother of a four year old as new inspiration, Miranda joined the Florence Eiseman family in 2018 and is excited to share her creative ideas as part of the iconic children’s clothing company. As a Purchasing and Production Manager, Miranda is building relationships with textile professionals around the world and gaining first hand experience walking a design from the child-size dress form to the retailer’s shelves.