We were very proud to see Maggie Hewitt launch her own sustainable fashion label Maggie Marilyn in September 2016. Having graduated from Whitecliffe with a BFA in Fashion Design only ten months ago, she has had enormous success already and it's only the beginning.
Net-a-Porter recently became her label's first official retailer, the first and only NZ brand to be selected by the online retail company. Maggie sold her first collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in May 2016 and just returned from Paris Fashion Week, where she showcased her second collection. In Paris, she shared a showroom with other major designers set in the historic Place des Vosges. Maggie also had visits from Suzy Menkes (International Editor for 19 international editions of Vogue online) and Mark Holgate (Vogue Contributor).
Upon her return from Paris, the Whitecliffe Fashion Design department invited Maggie to speak to current fashion design students on 17 October and extended the invitation to Auckland area secondary schools, teachers and the industry to attend the event. Maggie spoke about her success and quick rise to fame, and shared a list of top ten key points she has learned since leaving Whitecliffe, a few of which are listed here:
1. Talent by itself will not create success
2. Running a fashion business is 2% design
3. Time management is everything
Maggie has also received outstanding press from Vogue, Teen Vogue and Viva NZ Herald:
We thank Maggie for coming along to speak to our students and audience. Whitecliffe wishes her all the best!
(Image courtesy of Maggie Marilyn)