RAMSEY, N.J. — Ramsey High School graduate and fashion guru Anthony Manfredonia boasts a star-studded list of people who don his designs — often during award shows and in music videos.
Among them Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga and many, many more.
And when they do rock Manfredonia's designs, the spotlight is on him, too.
"All the top names are looking at what I am doing," said Manfredonia, 39. "Very few of the top musicians don’t resource my work right now."
Manfredonia's climb from his parents' house on Lincoln Street in Ramsey to the top of the New York City fashion industry began in high school when he took a summer fashion design program at Parsons School of Design.
At the time, Manfredonia was interested in sculpture, but soon realized he could have a much more promising career in the world of fashion.
"Fashion is like sculpture in that you get to take a two-dimensional drawing and transform it onto a three dimensional body," Manfredonia said.
He was recruited by Parsons out of high school, and was awarded the prestigious Golden Thimble Award in the college’s Designer Critic Program for his senior runway show.
While still in school, Manfredonia went to work for DKNY before landing a stint under women's fashion designer Tracy Reese . He eventually became the head designer for Isaac Mizrahi's Haute Couture Collection.
In 2008 Manfredoria decided to set up his own shop, and in 2013 he says he hit the "jackpot" — Beyonce wore a bathing suit and corset he designed for her " No Angel " music video.
"That was a history making album and I was a part of it," Manfredonia said of the 2013 "Beyonce" album.
That was the turning point for Manfredonia's success.
"For a young designer like me to gain new celebrities like this is unheard of," said the young designer.
But Manfredonia's work is never over, as he is planning on taking his business across the world.
He has three words of advice for young designers in the cut-throat fashion industry: "never give up."
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