Becca McCharen grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Now, she’s a powerful and innovative fashion designer living in New York City, creating clothing she calls “structural experiments for the human body.” She draws heavily from her architectural background when designing, with her collections echoing scaffolding and exoskeletons. Her unique style has drawn significant attention, with celebrities such as Beyonce and Madonna wearing them in performances, and Forbes labeling her one of their “30 Under 30: Art & Style” for “People Who are Reinventing the World in 2014.” McCharen says that her designs are made for strong and powerful women.
McCharen spoke at the Tom Tom Founders Festival’s Founders Summit on Friday, April 17th. The next day, McCharen held a talk and workshop at Old Metropolitan Hall, giving the audience a further glimpse into her work and allowing them to try making their own Chromat headpieces.