top of page
H E I D I L E E Echo Hat Photo: Charlie Wan

A RISD graduate and recipient of the 2012 MET Museum Costume Institute Accessory Design Award, H E I D I L E E is a NYC-based artist and designer whose hats have featured in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, V, W, Visionaire, Interview, Dazed & Confused, MTV, SHOWstudio, etc. Exhibitions include The National Centre for Craft and Design (UK) The World is Your Dressing Up Box and Museum of Arts and Design MAD Biennial: 100 Makers that manifest the cultural capital of NYC. Her clientele includes Beyoncé, JLO, Billy Porter, Pat McGrath, Anne Hathaway, Madonna, G-Dragon, Lady Gaga, Missy Elliott and Ms. Lauryn Hill.

RISD Experimental and Foundation Studies, Studio Design II, Adjunct Professor, Providence, RI, 2023

Parsons AAS Fashion Marketing & Communication, Visual Communication LAB 2, Adjunct Professor, New York, NY, 2022-Present

NYU School of Professional Studies, PALA, Intro to Fashion Design in NYC, Adjunct Professor, New York, NY, 2017-Present

International Center of Photography | Intl. Advisory Council, New York, NY, 2020-Present


BFA, BGD Rhode Island School of Design, minor in Art History, Joseph G. Reynolds Academic Scholarship, Providence, RI

Printmaking & Silkscreening Apprentice, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Millinery, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

Student Ambassador, People To People Intl. Washington D.C.


2021 🇺🇸 Design Patents, Pat. D909,015 S and  Pat. D909,017 S

2021 New York City Artist Corps Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

2013 Fashion Group International: Rising Star Award Nominee, New York, NY

2012 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Accessory Design Award, New York, NY


2015 Annex Gallery, curated by Ben Sisto, Ace Hotel, New York, NY

2014 The National Arts Club, curated by Co-Chairs of NAC Fashion Committee Nina Urban and David Zyla, New York, NY

2013 Jouet, Philomathean Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2022 RÄUME 3 DEPARTURE Group Exhibition for Berlin Art Week curated by Alina Mann, Flughafen Tegel 1, Berlin, DE
2022 Fashion for Bank Robbers Exhibition curated by Carina Shoshtary, Maximilians Forum, Munich, DE

2019 Hats off to hats: from 1750-Present, curated by Liza Snook, Spielzeug Welten Museum, Basel, CH

2019 Amongst Friends: Lana Turner and Dario Calmese, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI

2017-2018 3D Fashion presented by Lexus, curated by Christoph Völcker of Voxelworld and Jonas Klingenstein, 

Platform Fashion, Areal Böhler, Düsseldorf, DE

2018 Crystal Atelier of the 21st Century, Wall of WOW, curated by creative director Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert,

Swarovski Manufaktur, Wattens, AT

2017 The World is Your Dressing Up Box, curated by Bryony Windsor, National Centre for Craft & Design,

Arts Council England, Lincolnshire, UK

2017 It's My Derby, curated by Chris Goodlett, Kentucky Derby Museum, Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY

2017 New York, New Work, curated by Urara Muramatsu, H.P.France, Lumine 0, Shinjuku, Tokyo, JP

2017 E.S.P. TV, Daytime Viewing, curated by David Everitt Howe, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

2017 Threads of History: 200 Years of Fashion, curated by Rafael Brauer Gomes; "The Milliner" directed by Meagan Cignoli of Visual Country and commissioned by SCAD President & Founder Paula Wallace, SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, Atlanta, GA

2016 New York T.O.A.S.T, represented by hpgrp GALLERY, curated by Kentaro Totsuka, Hankyu Dept. Store, Osaka, JP

2015 World Maker Faire, New York Hall of Science Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY

2015-2016 Silicon Valley Fashion Week sponsored by Betabrand & Zappos, curated by Mustafa Khan, San Francisco, CA

2015 3D: Printing the Future, curated by Sarah Baines, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester, UK

2014 NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, curated by Jake Yuzna and Glenn Adamson, and Hardcover Book published by

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2013 Arnhem Mode Biënnale M°BA 13 | Fetishism in Fashion; 3D Atelier, curated by Anush Martirossian of Ground3D, and Lidewij Edelkoort, Arnhem, NL


Fantasmas” Television Series by Julio Torres, HBO Max, New York, NY, 2024

RISD E'SHIP, Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: HEIDI LEE, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 2024

MiM (Made in MIT) Magazine, Cover Story & Feature Interview, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2024

That’s A Job?! Series Feature, Instagram @design, Meta, New York, NY, 2023
Beyoncé Renaissance “I’m That Girl” Music Video creative directed by Andrew Makadsi, Parkwood Ent., Hollywood, CA, 2022 

Immanuel Wilkins “The Seventh Hand” Jazz Album Cover, Blue Note Records, Universal Music Group, Los Angeles, CA, 2022


NYCGO Lights Up on New York City, directed by Allie Avital of SMUGGLER, NYC & Company, Punch Projects, New York, NY 2021

TRENDBOOK Texworld Evolution Paris AW22-23 by 2G2L Paris, Messe Frankfurt Publications, Le Bourget, Paris, FR, 2021

MAZZO, Cover Story & Feature Interview by Elena Kuksina, Lubavich Printing House, St. Petersburg, RU, 2021

Emmy Award-winning The Apollo: The Soul of American Culture, directed by Roger Ross Williams of United Talent Agency,

HBO Documentary Films, White Horse Pictures, Harlem, NY, 2020

A Technicolour Odyssey, directed by Pat McGrath Labs, Selfridges Window Display, London, UK, 2019

JLO “Medicine” Merch Licensing, Album Cover, Music Video directed by Jora Frantzis, HITCO Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA, 2019

Basic Magazine, Identity Issue, Houdini of Hats by Kimberly Haddad, Basic Media, Beverly Hills, CA, 2019

Susanne Bartsch: On Top, directed by Anthony Caronna & Alexander Smith, No Weather, The Orchard, New York, NY, 2018

AND Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch Hardcover Book by Valerie Steele, Melissa Marra

& Waleed Khairzada, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, and The Museum at FIT, New York, NY, 2015

SURFACE, Artist Feature by Ibrahim Tewfik and Tiffany Jow, Surface Media, New York, NY, 2017-2018

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, HBO Search Party's John Early, CBS, Spartina Productions, New York, NY, 2017

Terrific Fashion Hardcover Book by Cristina Morrozi, published by 24 ORE Cultura, Museo delle Culture di Milano, Milan, IT, 2016

Harper’s Bazaar, White Guard Cover Story by Carine Utegenova, TOO Partners Media Group, Nur-Sultan, KZ, 2016

RISD XYZ, Change, Lane Press, Burlington, VT, and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Fall Winter 2015/2016

Talks at Google, Googleplex | Garage Lab, Mountain View, Silicon Valley, CA, 2015

New York Magazine, The Everything Guide to 3-D Printing Your Life by Emma Whitford, Jason Feifer & Lauren Schwartzberg,

New York Media, New York, NY, 2015

Museum of Modern Art's Prime Time Celebration, Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, New York, NY, 2015

H E I D I L E E x UNDISCLOSED, New Inc. Demoday, New Museum, New York, NY, 2015

Agenda Design 1, I, the I One am by Manja Unger-Büttner, Alliance of German Designers (AGD), BUNTESAMT, Berlin, DE, 2015

Heidi Lee Origami Hat Workshop for Teens, Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle, New York, NY, 2014-2015

PBS NYC-ARTS Profile: “NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial,” Episode 320, WNET THIRTEEN, New York, NY, 2014

MAKE: Hats with Heidi Lee, celebrating The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Rubin Pavilion, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Fashion Police, What the Fashion, hosted by Joan Rivers, and Kelly Osbourne, E! TV, Wilshire Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 2014

PUNK, directed by Drew Arnold of Good Company, SHOWstudio, Nick Knight, London, UK, 2014

Karakasa Obake, directed by Jon Santos of Common Space, A Shaded View of Fashion, Diane Pernet, Paris, FR, 2013

Wearing the Lost Generation, Nouveau Classical Project, Gertrude's Paris Festival, curated by artistic director Laura Kaminsky, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, Symphony Space, New York, NY, 2012

CéCi, Global Girls, Big Apple, Hatmaker by You Jung Min, JoongAng Group, Gangnam, Seoul, KR, 2012

Gallery Girls, All Tomorrow's Parties, End of Century Gallery, Bravo, Magical Elves Productions, New York, NY, 2012 

bottom of page