Melanie Trygg grew up on a small island in a household of humble means among an otherwise affluent community. At a young age, her parents taught her to embrace her creativity and resourcefulness, and she first began sewing at the age of 12. Melanie began to make her own clothes inspired by luxury brands she saw in magazines using her mother’s vintage sewing machine and scraps of fabric or used clothing. The positive feedback she received from her peers gave her the confidence she needed to pursue a career in fashion.
She completed her first year at Rhode Island School of Design, but the yearly tuition caused her to pull out of the program. Following her year of training, she launched her clothing line KLÄD Apparel, which is a collection of modern womenswear featuring architectural details on organically draped garments. After taking a break from fashion to start her family, she finally applied to “Project Runway” as it was the perfect opportunity to focus on her fashions.
Melanie’s Scandinavian inspired design aesthetic is clean and streamlined, which is achieved with geometric shapes and rich fabrics. Her work has been featured in numerous fashion shows including AMCO NYC Fall Fashion Week Runway Presentation during New York Fashion Week in 2017, Portland Fashion Week, Bellevue Fashion Week’s Independent Designer Runway Show in 2014, as well as in Seattle Met Magazine June 2014.