Niiamar Felder was born in Jacksonville, FL on July 3, 1983. Inspired by the brilliance of fashion icon, Valentino Garavani, NIIAMAR’s enduring style has become the signature of his designs. His love for artistry blossomed at an early age, drawing inspiration from paintings, architecture and nostalgic glamour to construct timeless designs.
He studied at Florida A&M University (FAMU) where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in design in 2007; launching the school’s fashion design program. NIIAMAR worked as a Design Assistant to renowned designer, Kevan Hall prior to relocating to New York in 2008.
His collections of Evening Couture and Ready-to-Wear designs for women have been featured in several publications, fashion shows, and theatre productions. In addition to designing stunning collections each season, NIIAMAR’s designs have been worn by Hollywood personalities on nationally syndicated television shows and to red carpet events; including the Academy Awards.
From features in EBONY magazine and FASHION BOMB DAILY to an impressive appearance on Lifetime’s “24 Hour Catwalk”, where judges took note of his exceptional design aesthetics, NIIAMAR’s list of accomplishments in both fashion and costume design, continues to grow. Some of the most notable accolades include, winner of the American Express Passion Project; a nomination for the Marvin Sims Design Fellowship in Costume Design awarded by the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts; an AUDELCO Award nomination for Best Costume Design for the off-Broadway production of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. The theatrical community has taken note of his skillful design with principal costume design work, including Sowa's Red Gravy, The Cheaters Club, Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, and The Doll Confessions, directed by Tony Award Winner Trezana Beverly.
In 2014 NIIAMAR embarked on a life changing venture; chronicling his journey as a rising fashion designer. The short documentary, NIIAMAR…It is What It Is (released in May 2015) gives an inside look at what it will take to make his mark in the world of fashion. He shares the struggles, drama and triumphs of creating an awe inspiring collection. The documentary has been accepted in film festivals around the country.
A sought after instructor in fashion design, NIIAMAR conducts various workshops at schools and colleges on the east coast, including a 2013 Summer Intensive Workshop at his alma mater.
He currently resides in New York City where he is the resident Fashion Design Specialist at the prestigious Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy in NYC, instructing students with a recognized aptitude in fashion design. Prior to joining the academy, he served as Assistant Costume Director from 2008 - 2013 at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, the world's first acting conservatory.
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