For over twenty-five years, Misa Hylton has been a “renaissance” woman at the forefront of seismic shifts in fashion, music, and culture.
She is acclaimed for creating iconic looks that simultaneously capture an unforgettable moment while setting the stage for what everyone will want to wear next. From the jaw-dropping purple pastie-and-pantsuit ensemble immortalized by Lil’ Kim at MTV’s 1999 VMAs to Beyoncé’s leather MCM bustier and trench coat for the 2018 video “Apeshit”, Misa has conceived groundbreaking styles for the world’s biggest celebrities including Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Missy Elliott, Faith Evans, Sean Combs, and Kimora Lee Simmons.
She has collaborated with major brands such as Pepsi, Viacom, Amazon, and the NFL. Her trend setting work has appeared at red carpet events, in videos and the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Essence, and Instyle, consequently inspiring international fashion houses and mainstream apparel lines to follow suit. So beloved was her custom designed MCM look for Beyoncé that its image was used for the international ad campaign of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Everything is Love” album.
Throughout her career in the industry, Misa has groomed a multitude of stylists, many of whom are responsible for crafting the images of some of today’s hottest and most memorable stars! Through this experience, Misa discovered her passion for sharing her expertise and educating aspiring stylists, by providing not only the practical skills needed for success, but also the knowledge and frame of reference necessary to achieve excellence. In 2012 she opened the Misa Hylton Fashion Academy (MHFA). The vision was to develop an institution which supports creativity, free thinking, and the importance of a solid education. Her mission is in the dedication to grooming the next generation of creatives interested in pursuing a career in fashion, even offering fashion programs to youth ages 8- 16 years old.
Today she continues to revolutionize fashion at various levels – collaborating with MCM for her own soon-to-launch capsule collection, styling private celebrity clients, featuring as a commentary subject in two documentaries on music epochs, and teaching a new generation of stylists at her Misa Hylton Fashion Academy and professional studies courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Misa continues to transcend categories by constantly defining then re-defining modern style.