FASHION DESIGN GRADUATE
Nicole first came to Whitecliffe in 2009 as the winner of the Newmarket Young Designer Competition and, while a student at Whitecliffe, she was a recipient of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia,and
interned at both Taylor and Kate Sylvester before winning the prestigious GOTYA NZ Graduate of The Year Award in her final year.
In her current role as Production Manager for Auckland-based womenswear label Ingrid Starnes, Nicole oversees all production in New Zealand, ensuring the production process runs smoothly as well as helping in the workroom alongside the design and sampling team.
Prior to this, and directly after graduating from Whitecliffe, Nicole worked as an in-house designer for Auckland-based menswear label FRENCH83. Her involvement during her final year with the Restyle Project, a charity project run by FRENCH83, was her opening into this position. “Whitecliffe provides a great place to start to build your networks, meet interesting people in the industry and get experience through internships before stepping out into the real world,” says Nicole.
Whitecliffe also offered tasters into the more commercial aspects of the industry including marketing workshops, pattern making, range development etc, she adds.
“One of the most important skills I learnt was how to use Illustrator, the industry is becoming more technology based and this is a skill I couldn’t have taught myself.”