Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients – Natalia Fedner ’01

Natalia Fedner

Natalia Fedner is a couture designer based in New York and Los Angeles. After graduating from BHS, she attended and graduated from Parsons School of Design, spending part of her studies learning haute couture techniques in Paris.  Her Junior year at Parsons, Natalia received the Silver Thimble Award for best collection. Her Senior year, her designs were featured in the Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Display.

Fedner is most well known for creating avant-garde designs with her patented chain textile for celebrities including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Kylie & Kendall Jenner, Kim, Khloe, & Kourtney Kardashian, Shakira, Anitta, Paris Hilton, Alicia Keys, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Charlize Theron, Sharon Stone, Taraji P. Henson, Pamela Anderson, Bebe Rexha, Laverne Cox, and others. Before starting her own line, Natalia Fedner Design, Fedner interned and worked for Calvin Klein Collection, Donna Karan Collection, and Marc Jacobs. Her designs have been on runways in Paris, NYC, and Miami; and featured in the prestigious windows of Bergdorf Goodman (where they are currently sold) and Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC. Magazine highlights include Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Numero, Cosmopolitan, The Cut, L’Officiel, i-D, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, & Maxim. Natalia is a dynamic, innovative and influential fashion designer. Vogue recently featured Natalia, calling her “the designer creating the hottest celebrity looks out of metal.” While competing on Project Runway, she created the first working mechanical dress in the history of the series.  Natalia splits her time between New York and Los Angeles. Her pieces are available at a number of boutiques as well as Bergdorf Goodman.

Natalia came to the United States as a refugee from Ukraine when she was 9 years old. She’s grateful for the education and opportunities she received at Bexley and works to use her talents to better the world in various ways including sustainability, social justice, and animal rights. Natalia is vegan and is passionate about animal rights. All of her designs are made using cruelty-free materials. She is also an advocate for sustainability and often “up-cycles” materials for her designs. What also distinguishes Natalia is that having been a strong student in math and the sciences, she draws inspiration from these areas and incorporates them into her materials and designs.