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Meet the Kiwi designer dressing royalty

She started a luxury fashion label from her apartment, and now Kiwi designer Emilia Wickstead dresses the Duchess of Cambridge and Hollywood’s A-list.

New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead has made a name for herself in the fashion world, as the go-to girl for designing bespoke elegant outfits for the world’s most famous women.

“It’s kind of like a dream coming true really,” she tells NEXT.

Her brand – named simply “Emilia Wickstead” dresses high profile customers, actresses and royalty – including Oscar winner Brie Larson, model Poppy Delevingne and Duchess Kate Middleton.

“It really does come down to hard work, persistence, not giving up and having a huge amount of confidence in what you’re doing.”

The daughter of a designer with her own tailoring business, Emilia grew up surrounded by all things fashion and went on to study fashion and marketing at the same school as famous designers Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Zac Posen.

The 32 year old kiwi export is based in London, where her designs are stocked in upmarket department store Harvey Nicholls, and luxury clothing website Net-A-Porter.

And she still does one-on-one fittings (for some elite clients) at her recently refurbished Sloane Street store.

The down-to-earth designer is married to Brazilian banker Daniel Gargiulo, and is a mother to two, three-year-old daughter Mercedes Amalie and 11-month-old son Gilberto.

Last year, Emilia returned to New Zealand to showcase her collection during Dunedin’s ID fashion week, where she was also a judge.

“I’m really excited to see who our Emilia Wickstead women are in New Zealand.”

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