Judy Gao
24, Auckland
Fashion Designer

As one of the only self-taught designers on the show this season, Judy is a dark horse of this competition.

Since the age of 13, Judy has always dreamt of becoming a fashion designer. When looking for a dress to wear to her high school ball, Judy created her own dress, and with that found a new skill and a sense of confidence in design. Her goal is for her one of her designs to be worn on a red carpet by the likes of Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid.

How would your friends/family describe you?

They would describe me as smart, hardworking, and witty.

What made you want to become a designer?

They say that a dream job is when you love what you do and you’re good at it. So, for me, designing is my dream job. It doesn’t feel like work.

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

My design aesthetic is a mix of sophisticated, elegant, sexy, and edgy. However, my personal style is very simple and casual.

What is your point of difference as a designer?

My point of difference is the different techniques I use. Because I wasn’t taught the proper way to assemble a dress, I figured out my own way and it’s created more unique designs. I kind of make it up as I go along!

What kind of challenge are you looking forward to most?

I’m really looking forward to unconventional and avant-garde challenge because it’s different to regular sewing and I think that’ll be really fun!

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

That I have a Woman FIDE Master title in chess.