OUR MENTORS

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KATE DIANA SPENCER | FOUNDER

Kate is the driving force and visionary behind Project Fashion. She is passionate about travel, her son Oska, art, cultural experiences and of course fashion!
 

She saw a need for emerging local designers to be given a platform to take their work to the next level. As a creative who knows the industry inside and out, Kate recognised mentoring as critical to success in the industry. 

 

Kate has diverse education and experience in fashion, screen printing, graphic design, events, business and project management.

When not coming up with innovative ideas for Project Fashion, she is working at the best venues in New Zealand – Public Trust Hall.

PAUL BLOOMFIELD | SHOW PRODUCER | 2020

A well-known PR practitioner with a background in fashion and big consumer events.
 

Paul cut his teeth in fashion as the publisher of Apparel Magazine for 15 years and launching Pulp

Magazine, before moving into advocacy roles as CEO of the Apparel & Textile Federation and CEO of

Fashion Industry New Zealand.  
 

Along the way, he had roles in New Zealand fashion promotions at Australian Fashion Week, London

Fashion Week and established his own fashion showroom.
 

Paul’s wide-ranging experience provides Project Fashion with the ability to support designers in their

marketing, Public Relations and industry connections.

CHRIS HALES | 2019

Chris Hales is one of Wellington’s most respected fashion personalities, with two Goodness stores in

College St and Petone, and a thriving online business.  Chris moved from IT into fashion to chase the dream 14 years ago -adopting the role of fashion buyer, stylist and creative director/designer for her own Goodness label.
 

She recently expanded Goodness to include the Gorgeous Cafe to offer a beautiful retail experience

in Petone.

BEX BRENT | 2019

Bex Brent is owner/director of Wellington’s Iconic hair salon Willis York. She has championed young

fashion designers in Wellington for the past decade, hosting fashion shows at Willis York, sponsoring

the Massey and working on editorial shoots.
 

Bex is a L’Oreal Professional ambassador which has given her international backstage fashion

experience. She is committed to supporting the industry and mentors the next generation hair artists

with her fashion futurist talks.
 

Bex’s knowledge and experience are all important when creating the high-calibre end of year fashion

show for Project Fashion designers.

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LUCY REVILL | 2018

Lucy Revill was born in Karori, Wellington and once leaving at 18 vowed never to return. She now lives in Oriental Parade. Lucy’s standout fashion memory is ruining magazines like Tatler, Elle, Vogue (British only, of course) and Nylon in the bathtub as a teenager. She loves New Zealand fashion and loves Twenty-seven Names, Zambesi, KowTow, Wilson Trollope and many more.

Her role is digital media mentor for the students, and she will be teaching them why Instagram is the new store-front. Her blog, The Residents, has over 17,000 followers across digital platforms and she won an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonians for her work on it in 2017.

MEREDITH WALSHE | 2018

Meredith hails from Lower Hutt. Her role on Project Fashion is to provide mentorship as a
experienced stylist to the student.

Meredith’s first retail job was working at Kate Sylvester while she
was studying fashion at Massey University. After graduating, Meredith worked for Alexandra Owen.
She is a stylist, assisting fashion designers and stores to curate collections, and provides a service
for VIPs to help select their wardrobe.

She’s created an in-store workshop for fashion stores tohelp create an experience for customers that can’t be replicated to encourage a profitable sales
funnel. She almost exclusively shops at New Zealand stores, supporting local designers. She’s
been made part of the prestigious Australian Style Institute, which connects independent stylists
with the industry.

ERIN HORTON | 2018

Mother and Daughter Shelia and Erin are a Wellington-based duo with a love of all things clothes.
Erin works in the film industry in visual effects. She is in her second year of helping to run Project Fashion. 

ADRIENNE MARSH | 2017

Having worked as the Head Designer for Kowtow Clothing, Adrienne Marsh is deeply concerned with sustainable and ethical fashion practices. Adrienne has worked in the fashion industry for over 11 years. She is experienced in street wear and avant-garde design, having worked for Huffer and Nom*d. Inspiration comes to her most easily when travelling the world and indulging in her music passions as a DJ. Adrienne currently freelancers in the fashion industry.

EMMA HART | 2017

A background in journalism and lifelong obsession with fashion, textiles, design and popular culture has been honed over 18 years working in Europe where Emma still lives commutes to every few weeks from Wellington to run her coaching agency. In between, she can be found scouring Denmark and Sweden for original mid-century Scandinavian furniture and lighting for her store in the capital Skandi where she also imports original lines of new fashion and accessories.

Her jet set life allows her insights into everything from street trends in Serbia to finding edgy fashionistas in the Faroe Islands. Emma studied fashion forecasting and fashion illustration at Central Saint Martins in London.

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SUE BOWERMAN | FOUNDER

Born and bred in Wainuiomata, Sue grew up wanting to help people. Initially this led her to a ground breaking career as New Zealand’s first female Traffic Officer.

Time spent at the Wellington Arts Centre led her to founding the Bowerman School of Design in 1986 which specialised in screen-printing and fashion design. The school produced costumes for opera, ballet, television and film, as well as fostering the development of many Wellington artists. During the Versace Exhibition at Te Papa, the Bowerman School created a replica atelier studio in the museum.

Now retired, Sue specialises in looking fabulous and growing old disgracefully. 

MIKE HORLOR | BUSINESS MENTOR 

Mike has imparted his wisdom at Te Wananga o Aotearoa Small Business and Money Management programmes for the past 3 years.  With a  background in retail, adult education, operations and finance Mr Horlor is an invaluable addition to our mentoring team.  Sharing his knowledge with our entrants concerning marketing, HR, book-keeping and financial forecasting, Mike will provide insight into the all-important business edge that so many creatives find challenging. 

A dedicated father to his cricket-mad son Mike lives in gorgeous Titahi Bay.

JADE WEAVER | 2019

Jade Weaver cut her teeth on the sales floor of Zambesi in Melbourne, before branching into sales

and Visual Merchandising for multi-brand designer boutiques. 
 

She managed a fashion showroom in London for a quirky Melbourne label, eventually opening the

brand’s flagship store in Spittalfields.  Jade now manages visual merchandising for Farmers for the

Lower North Island.
 

Jade is excited to inspire and mentor Wellington’s new breed of fashion designers giving them unique

insight into the fast fashion, big business arena and the increasingly challenging retail environment.

BRIDGET SCANLAN | 2019

Bridget Scanlan is the Designer and Diabetic behind KYT and Project Fashion alumni. She entered

Project Fashion with the goal to make a better version of the battered, nylon medical case that used

to carry her diabetes equipment.

By collaborating with the international diabetes community, Bridget was able to refine this idea further in to a launch bag – KYT Crossbody – which won design accolades and been sent to customers around the world.
 

Bridget’s key skill is helping designers understand their customer, channelling design talent towards

their needs, to build a new brand around them.

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LAUREN MANN | 2018

Lauren was born in Wellington. She’s the editor of Wellington Woman magazine, has modelled internationally, and is a long-serving WOW performer. When she was little, she convinced her grandfather to buy her a pair of heeled denim boots. She’s looking forward to meeting the designers and seeing their ambition. 

SHEILA HORTON | 2018

Mother and Daughter Shelia and Erin are a Wellington based duo with a love of all things clothes.
Sheila’s background is in film and theatre, such as Avatar and King Kong, specialising in
construction. She admits to being a very particular person when it comes to the structure of
garments. Erin works in the film industry in visual effects. She is in her second year of helping
running Project Fashion. Sheila has even been to the Oscars with her husband, an editor.

Their most beloved memory is the whole Horton clan working on the same film. The fashion trend they
would like to see axed is patent leather shoes.

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BRONWYN EICHBAUM | 2018

Bronwyn was born in Christchurch but moved to Wellington in 1987 and never looked back. Bronwyn has worked in every aspect of fashion, from sign writing to model management and show direction.

She founded model talent hub, The Agencie which had great international success. As a girl, Bronwyn’s mother, a nurse, sewed for her, and she had a pair of hot pants with a strap across the back which she’d wear rollerskating. 

SOPHIE KASOYLIDES | 2017

Sophie has been a fixture on the Wellington fashion scene for years. After coming back from Greece where she was a buyer and manager at high end clothing boutique Ammos, working between stores in Athens and Santorini. Previous to this she worked at Zambesi, Wellington. Sophie is a regular attendee at New Zealand and Australian fashion weeks.
 

Currently she runs “The Greek Food Truck” a Wellington favourite and continues to be one of the most stylish woman in town.

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