HOD Fashion Design
Phone: 09 601 8955
Room: Main - Fashion Studio
Belinda Watt joined Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 1990 and as Head of Department established and developed the Fashion Design Programme. She completed her BA with a double major in English and Music at Victoria University in Wellington and her Diploma of Journalism at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland.
She worked as a freelance fashion designer in Wellington and Auckland for seven years. Her own high fashion men’s and women’s store, Equinox opened in 1985 on Karangahape Road Auckland, and later there were stores on Ponsonby Road, in Canterbury Arcade, Queen St and in Vulcan Lane, Auckland, until 1994. She has presented her collections in fashion shows in Auckland and in 1988 received the Manufacturer’s Award in the New Zealand Wool Awards. Her current creative work has a focus on sustainable and ethical practices, including natural dyeing and hand weaving and, she also works as a freelance designer specialising in tailored and couture designs.
Belinda was a facilitator at the 2016 Youth Fashion Summit in Copenhagen and has been a Moderator for the Fashion Department at Manukau Institute of Technology, on the Review Panel for the Textiles and Fashion Design Programme at Northland Polytechnic and External Examiner for the Honours Year at Auckland University of Technology. She is a member of the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand and of the Designer’s Institute of New Zealand.
Additionally, Belinda was on the judging panel of the Newmarket Young Fashion Designer Award from 2010 and the Head Judge from 2015 – 2017, and was also on the judging panel of the Sylvia Park Off-The-Rack Fashion Awards.