This Designer on the Autism Spectrum Creates Stunning Women’s Fashion
Michael Ryan Andolsek, 25, is a fashion designer on the autism spectrum and the founder of ANDOLSEK, a line of womenswear.
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This Designer on the Autism Spectrum Creates Stunning Women’s Fashion.
Michael Ryan Andolsek oversees all creative aspects of ANDOLSEK, his self-titled line of women’s apparel.
“Autism affects every aspect of my life, including how I work as a designer.” -Andolsek
At 17, Andolsek began learning fashion in Salt Lake City and France and launched his own company and 25.
Because of his tactile sensitivities, Andolsek only works with certain fabrics.
Every little detail is important to Andolsek – from the way the garment is stitched, down to the packaging.
Andolsek held his first runway show in late March 2017, launching his Spring 2017 “Ready-To-Wear” collection.
ANDOLSEK’s skirts start at $325, while embroidered dresses go for $3,500.
With his own company, Andolsek can set his own hours and design his own workspace.
“In our workspaces, the temperature is altered depending on who is working, smells and food are never allowed, and certain chairs are provided.”
“There are many aspects of fashion where, if certain accommodations are made, a person with autism could flourish and find a fulfilling and valued job.”