Marion Hume

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Marion Hume
Occupationfashion journalist, ethical fashion consultant, editor, lecturer
Known forjournalism, activism, BBC series The Look (1992)
Notable work
Vogue USA, Time Magazine, The Financial Times, The Australian Financial Review

Marion Hume (born 3 July 1962) is a British fashion journalist based in London. Her career spans the UK, the US and Australia. She has interviewed Yves Saint Laurent, Diana Vreeland, Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Giorgio Armani as well as chief executives of global fashion businesses including LVMH, Richemont, Kering, Chanel and Max Mara Group. Cover stories include a 2018 profile of HRH Prince Charles which had in excess of 44 million views[citation needed]. She is the International Fashion Editor of  The Australian Financial Review (AFR).

For five years, she was the senior consultant for The Ethical Fashion Initiative of the United Nations’ agency, ITC (International Trade Centre), which works with designers including Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney to harness the power of fashion as a vehicle out of poverty for some of the world’s most marginalized artisans. She works on several philanthropic initiatives.

A public speaker and host, on the stage at the V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) she has interviewed NIKE’s Head of Sustainability, Hannah Jones and the hat designer, Philip Treacy. She is also the co-author of Philip Treacy’s eponymous book for Rizzoli. She curated Bespoke, a celebration of creative collaboration at The Sydney Opera House.

Life and career[edit]

The Look[edit]

In 1989 Hume was tagged by independent film makers, Freelance Film Partners as the insider they needed for a BBC six-part series called The Look. For the next two years, she worked on the series and also appears in 5 of the 6 episodes. Interview subjects included Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Christian Lacroix. The episode entitled Runway was the first to chart the evolution of the Supermodel. Yves Saint Laurent refused to be interviewed for the hour-long documentary about him, although close associates including Pierre Berge, Catherine Deneuve, Paloma Picasso and Betty Catroux did speak on his behalf and Saint Laurent himself was filmed backstage at his haute couture shows and at his 30th Fashion Birthday at the Opera Bastille, Paris. The Look has been broadcast all over the world and was most recently repeated on BBC4.[1]



Concurrently, Hume was the launch fashion editor of the UK edition of Esquire (1990). From 1993-1996, Hume was Fashion Editor of The Independent during which time the fashion coverage expanded in both the daily and the Independent on Sunday. Her profiles included Patsy from Ab Fab, aka Joanna Lumley,[2] Lauren Hutton, Verushka, Fabien Baron and the photographers Steven Meisel and Peter Lindbergh. She reviewed Alexander McQueen’s first show.[3] A review of a Chanel show entitled "No Way to treat a Lady" started a feud with Karl Lagerfeld, with Hume praised for "not being part of the 'conspiracy of silence'; for her professionalism, her integrity and her independence."[4] In 1996 Hume joined The Financial Times, filing weekly fashion updates. The same year, she was the writer and associate producer of The South Bank Show special on John Galliano (season 20, episode 12, 1997)[5] directed by Nigel Wattis, hosted by Melvyn Bragg.[6]


Hume became a contributing editor to US Harper's Bazaar. Editor-in-chief, Kate Betts sent her all over the world on assignments, praising her in her editor's letter as ‘steadfast and unafraid.’ Hume left Bazaar following Bett's departure in 2001. Commuting between New York and Sydney, she also took on the post as fashion editor of The Australian. Leading advertising agency, M&C Saatchi were hired by News Ltd to capitalize on the notoriety of their latest hire with billboard advertisements reading, ‘Marion Hume gets under the skin of the Fashion Industry’ and ‘The world's most vicious fashion journalist now writes for us. Be warned, if there is any nonsense on or off the catwalk, she just won’t wear it.’ [7]

The Fashion Pack[edit]

2005 saw the publication of Hume's novel The Fashion Pack, published by Penguin, initially to rave reviews.[8] Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said of it "We thought we knew everything about fashion...until The Fashion Pack came out!" However publication served as an opportunity for her firing from Vogue Australia to be re-aired.[9]

The Ethical Fashion Initiative[edit]

In 2009, Hume was appointed an International Consultant to the United Nations’ agency, ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative. In 2011 she became senior consultant. Hume works with the designer partners of The Ethical Fashion Initiative, and closely with Simone Cipriani, who helms this vast initiative which has more than 5,000 people in long term work in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and in Haiti.[10] High points for the initiative have included Suzy Menkes’ 2011 trip to Kenya[11] and trips with Vivienne Westwood[12] and Sass & Bide.[13]

2012 onwards[edit]

Concurrent with the AFR, Hume authored Letter From London for Forbes[14] and contributed to the website[15] One of the few on-set reporters for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013), she was granted rare access to Carey Mulligan. Her interview with double Academy Award winner, Costumier, Catherine Martin appeared in The Saturday Telegraph Magazine.[citation needed]

Bespoke, The Sydney Opera House[edit]

Fashion summit, Bespoke, was staged at World Heritage Listed icon, The Sydney Opera House on 16 May 2013.[16] Speakers included billionaire businessman, James Packer; Jeremy Langmead, Mr Porter; Saturdays Surf NYC; Ramdane Touhami; Imran Amed, The Business of Fashion; Eugene Tan, Aquabumps; and Karen Walker. A fashion shoot was created live as the summit progressed. Starring Coco Rocha and in collaboration with Harper’s Bazaar, it generated global social media engagement.[17]


Black on White: opinions and reflections about design (contributor, edited by Jose Antonia Gimenez), Hiatus, 2013 (ISBN 978-84-615-2477-8).

The Fashion Pack, Penguin, 2005 (ISBN 9780670041640).

The Cutting Edge: 50 years of British Fashion (contributor, edited by Amy de La Haye), The Victoria & Albert Museum, 1998 (ISBN 1851771999).

Television documentaries[edit]

The South Bank Show special: John Galliano, season 20, episode 12, 1997.

The Look, BBC, 1992.


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