Amanda Valentine was born and raised in Nebraska, the youngest of five children to a beauty queen mother and professor father. On the ground level of her work there are remnants of her Midwestern upbringing, like clean shapes and color blocking; layered above are elements of darkness, humor, and nods to the richness of costume history. For each of her collections, Amanda creates a new design hybrid; international culture marries pop culture in collections with titles like “French Medieval Fly Girl” and “Maccu Picchu Punk.”
After earning her degree in Clothing, Textiles & Design, Amanda’s professional career began in Los Angeles, on the set of her brother’s first music video: Maroon 5’s “Harder to Breathe.” The scope of her styling work has since grown to include television, advertising, red carpet, and, after relocating to Nashville in 2007, a growing list of artists and musicians, including Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding.
In 2012, Amanda was chosen to compete on the eleventh season of Project Runway. As a result, in early February 2013, she showed a twelve-piece collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.