Jess Hunter
23, Auckland
Retail Assistant

Working under pressure won’t be an issue for Jess. Having three years’ experience working at a bridal dressmaking store had its pressures…

…once a bride came in with less than a week until her wedding, deciding she no longer liked her wedding dress! Within three days, the team created a brand-new dress from scratch.

With three older sisters, Jess already has that competitive instinct, having spent most of her life going against her sister. Being loud and outspoken, Jess isn’t afraid of conflict or speaking her mind—especially in the workroom or in team challenges!

How would your friends and family describe you?

I think my friends and family would describe me as a funny, goofy and an outgoing person. I love being the leader of the pack and I’m pretty much a big bossy boots!

How would you describe your personal style and your design aesthetic?

My personal style is always changing and evolving. I love being able to dress with a different theme or inspiration in mind each day. In terms of my design aesthetic, I’d consider it playful: I like to mix extremes, whether that be colour vs print or femme vs masculine.

What are your design strengths and weaknesses?

My strengths would be that I find it easy to adapt to different and unusual specifications, as I have done a lot of custom dressmaking for people. This has also proven that I work well under pressure. My main weakness would have to be my time management. I always think I can cram more work in than I actually can!

Who are your fashion icons?

Locally I would say I am a big fan of the Katayanagi twins and Zara McKenzie. Abroad I would have to say Bella McFadden and in terms of designers Ellery and Jaquemus are really influential to me – so a real mixed bag of people!

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

I have danced all my life including hip-hop, Scottish highland dancing, and nine years of ballroom and Latin!