FASHION DESIGN GRADUATES
Harman Grubisa is a quintessentially sophisticated and elegant brand with a clear focus on designing classic, standout pieces for discerning women who value luxury and timeless design.
From the establishment of the label, and Jervois Road Ponsonby store in 2014 Whitecliffe graduates Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubisa have been lauded by the fashion industry in New Zealand and overseas for their aesthetic and collection of beautifully constructed garments – all made in New Zealand.
Madeleine and Jessica were in the same year group at Whitecliffe - both graduating at the end of 2011. Before joining forces as Harman Grubisa, Jessica was an assistant designer at World and the fashion editor at Black Magazine and Madeleine worked in New York as a designer and fashion forecaster. Their business is a true collaboration with each bringing different strengths and aesthetics to a partnership which has seen them attain much success in a short few years. They opened Fashion Week in 2016 as the Mercedes Benz presents accolade and were regional winners of the Australian/New Zealand International Woolmark Prize 2017/18 - womenswear category.
The International Woolmark Prize “celebrates outstanding fashion talents from around the globe who showcase beauty and versatility of Merino wool. It is the world’s most prestigious award for rising fashion stars. First held in 1953 as an initiative of the International Wool Secretariat, the award was won the following year by iconic fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent.”
The judging panel included Gabriela Hearst - Fashion Designer, 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize womenswear winner; Kellie Hush - Editor in Chief, Harper’s Bazaar Australia; Damian Burke - General Manager Womenswear, David Jones; Nicole Warne - Founder, Garry Pepper Girl; Jeremy Hershan - Head of Design, R.M. Williams; Kim Payne - Fashion Director, Men’s Style; and Stuart McCullough - Managing Director, The Woolmark Company.
Commenting on their win, “It’s a real honour to even be nominated and included and we just feel extremely privileged that Woolmark exists. It encourages designers to think about the material they use and to be part of that journey is so wonderful.”
The Woolmark Prize 2017 includes prize money of AU$70,000, mentoring support from experts around the globe and Harman Grubiša were also granted a Woolmark licence. Madeleine and Jessica went on to compete in the Woolmark Prize global finals in Paris in 2018.