Amanda Valentine was born in Lincoln, Nebraska to a beauty queen/artist mother and world traveler/professor father. The youngest of five children found her voice at an early age by adapting the family's old drapes and worn clothing into what could only be called... edgy children's wear.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a Clothing and Textile Design degree, Valentine joined older brother James in Los Angeles, where he was beginning his meteoric rise in music. After suggesting she shadow their wardrobe stylist on his band's first music video (Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe"), Amanda fell madly in love with wardrobe styling and costume design, apprenticing under LA's top fashion stylists. All while playing bass in a garage rock band in Silverlake clubs at night.
After a few visits to Nashville while living in LA, Valentine fell in love with the vibe of Music City (and also fried chicken) and made it her home in 2006.
After co-owning a vintage shop, managing some of the city's hottest boutiques, and playing in a couple bands around town, Valentine returned to wardrobe styling and worked on countless music videos, photo shoots, commercials and red carpet events.
In 2013, Valentine was selected as a designer to compete on the 11th Season of Emmy Award Winning PROJECT RUNWAY. After placing 8th and showing a collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Valentine returned to styling and launched her clothing line VALENTINE VALENTINE.
In 2014, Valentine was voted back by fans to compete on Season 13 of PROJECT RUNWAY where she placed 2nd and again showed a stellar collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Amanda now runs her clothing line (produced in her converted factory space in Nashville and now under her name AMANDA VALENTINE), travels to fashion weeks across the United States each season, all while dressing rock bands. Someday she'll start a band again herself.
To learn more about the founder and designer of Amanda Valentine, follow her on Instagram @valentimes and Twitter @avvalentine.
A man with an eye patch tipped his hat to me today. That is all.