Kristine Upesleja is the Founder and President of MADISONS – INNOVATIVE MATERIALS. She is a lecturer, educator, researcher, connector, curator, and visionary.

With 20 years’ experience as a costume designer for opera,  theater, film, and TV and work as an interior design assistant in Europe and the US – Kristine has a profoundly shaped love for materials. After moving from Berlin to Los Angeles, she first assisted celebrity interior designer, Roberta Marino, on the Brad Pitt residencies in Los Feliz and Beverly Hills.

Kristine currently works at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) and runs the materials library at the college. It was after years of research, she founded the Innovative Textiles and Materials Department and established an Innovative Materials Collection. Once a year, she also curates an Innovative Materials Conference and Exhibit with guest speakers from the innovative industries.

She has worked with companies such as Hugo Boss, Adidas, C.P.Company, Stone Island, Lenzing, Vitra, Patagonia, Prana, Textile Exchange, JS Apparel, Schoeller, Cocona, Recover, S3 Studios, Guess, and Gary Cass at Fermented Fashion, to name a few.

She has been giving lectures and webinars worldwide about Wearable Technology and Smart Fabrics. She write articles for various magazines and has appeared in French Vogue. She consults with design firms and connects companies with designers, material specialists, or technologists to help them realize their projects.

She is planning to establish a cross continental connection and material hub, incubator, and accelerator to educate young designers and professionals about the possibilities in the textile and design world.

She is on the Advisory Board of ThermalTech, a company that has invented a stainless steel fabric that collects sun energy. The applications seem to be endless and has been a terrific journey.