DISTINGUISHED YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD
It is sheer talent and hard work that has resulted in Chloé Julian’s success in the incredibly competitive world of fashion design. And it was sheer determination that saw her start – against the advice of others – a Diploma in Design at Massey University, following the completion of a Bachelor of Biomedical Science.
While only in her 30s, Julian has established an international reputation for her lingerie, swimwear, loungewear and nightwear designs. Upon graduating from Massey in 2005, she took up a role at iconic New Zealand lingerie manufacturer Bendon, designing for the Hey Sister brand. Just two years later, at the age of 26, thrown in at the deep end when she was appointed lead designer for Bendon’s Stella McCartney brand. Based in London and answering directly to Stella McCartney, she produced six collections in three years.
In 2011 Julian was appointed head designer for David Beckham Bodywear, a collection sold exclusively by multinational retail chain H&M and worn by the football player himself and, reportedly, Michelle and Barack Obama. She then became head designer for cult lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, producing designs featured on magazine covers and in feature films. Fashion shoots and videos have involved working with actor Penelope Cruz. Last year she returned to New Zealand and took up a new role as head designer for Los Angeles-based fashion house, TechStyle Fashion Group, having accepted the role on the condition that she could work from her homeland.