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Today we approach fashion from a different perspective again, the person I’ll be discussing is doing the type of job that I would absolutely love. She is a legend in fashion in her own way and she has proven herself as hard-working and wildly talented.

She might not be a designer but today we will briefly discuss…


Nina Garcia

Ninotchka “Nina” García, was on May 3, 1967 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is very educated, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Boston University; she also chose to later attend Esmod (Ecole Superieure de la Mode) in Paris and also earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising in 1992 from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

Nina started her career in the fashion industry in the early 1980s, working in the public relations department for Perry Ellis and its then-designer, Marc Jacobs. Once she left Jacobs, she work as Assistant stylist and Market Editor for Mirabella, then departing to take a position at Elle. She became the Fashion Director of Elle in 2000, only to leave the position in 2008 to become Editor-at-Large for the magazine.


She began her new role as the Fashion Director of Marie Claire on September 2, 2008, leaving Elle soon after changing positions. She was promoted to Creative Director for the magazine in 2013 and she oversees the fashion coverage for the magazine and runs the fashion department. On top of that she also covers the designer fashion markets of New York, Milan and Paris.

She has gone on to be a judge on the iconic fashion designer elimination show – Project Runway. She is seen as a style guru and has also been a judge for Miss Universe in 2007.

Aside from making her mark in fashion journalism, Nina has left a legacy of her own in the form of literature.

She is the author of four books. Namely, The Little Black Book of Style (2007); The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own (2008); The Style Strategy (2009) and lastly, Nina Garcia’s Look Book (2010).

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She is a huge inspiration for guys and girls who study fashion design that don’t necessarily see themselves as designers, she proves that there are other very important roles to play in the grand scheme of it all. So often we forget that the fashion industry is so vast that there really is room for everyone to make their mark and it is wonderful and talented women like Nina that help to remind us.

“Style is about fun. True style is not about having a closet full of expensive and beautiful things – it is instead about knowing when, where, and how to utilize your collection.”
~ Nina Garcia


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Thanks VB xx

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