Dr. Melissa B. Manuel, Ph.D


Dr. Melissa Manuel is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of combined academic and professional experience in fashion.




  • Academic Director of Fashion at The Art Institutes Atlanta, Georgia

Detailed Experience

Academic Director of Fashion

Dr. Manuel was the Academic Director of Fashion at The Art Institutes in Atlanta, Georgia, where she managed, mentored, and advised. She taught courses in:

  • Apparel Evaluation & Construction
  • Textiles
  • Fashion History
  • Retail Management
  • Portfolio Development

Dr. Mauel's most recent venture has been the formation of FashionAlumni.com, where she takes her readers behind the scenes of everything related to the fashion industry.

Fashion Design Expertise

Dr. Manuel's technical expertise in fashion design includes pattern making, drafting, draping, and flat-pattern techniques. Her research in body shape, clothing size, and fit for women and plus-sized children sheds light on little-known facts behind issues occurring in the marketplace, such as vanity-sizing.

More About Dr. Melissa Manuel

Dr. Manuel's hobbies include community volunteerism, traveling, singing, watching romantic comedies, dining out, and staying current on social media. If you'd like to learn more about her, you can connect with her on LinkedIn. You can also follow her on Twitter.