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New Zealand Designer at No.10 Downing St

Newly appointed
Prime Minister David Cameron is greeted by Cabinet Secretary
Sir Gus O'Donnell as he enters 10 Downing Street, 11 May
2010; Crown copyright. Samantha Cameron's dress by Emilia
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New Zealand Designer at No.10 Downing St

New Zealand fashion designer, Emilia Wickstead, has made it to No. 10 Downing St, well her garments have! Emilia has designed a wardrobe for Samantha Cameron, the wife of David Cameron, the new British Prime Minster. The garment worn by Samantha as she and her husband entered No. 10 Downing St for the first time is a Wickstead design.

Emilia told the Arts Foundation that she is excited that her garments are in the public eye and said that “it is manic here!”

Emilia was a recipient of a $10,000 donation from the Arts Foundation and patrons Gus and Irene Fisher. Gus and Irene selected Emilia for the honour along with four other artists to celebrate the Fishers’ announcement as the recipients of the Arts Foundation Award for Patronage, which is sponsored by Forsyth Barr.

Emilia Wickstead has established herself in London after building up a loyal client base at her home town of Auckland, her second home Milan and then New York where she spent some time working for a number of renowned fashion designers including Giorgio Armani, Luella, Proenza Schouler and Narciso Rodriquez. Now based in London, Emilia is focusing on her own designer label and is quickly becoming one of London’s rising stars. She has already emerged as the talented designer; she is in Vogue and Tatler UK.

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