Nina García

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Nina Garcia
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Garcia at the 2012 premiere of What to Expect When You're Expecting
Born Nina Garcia
(1965-05-03) May 3, 1965 (age 53)
Barranquilla, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Occupation Fashion Journalist
Notable credit(s)

Public relations, Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs; Market

Editor, Mirabella; Fashion Director, Elle; Fashion Director, Marie Claire
Title Editor in Chief, Elle[1]
Spouse(s) David Conrod

Lucas Conrod (b. March 24, 2007)

Alexander Conrod (b. November 26, 2010)

Ninotchka "Nina" García (Spanish pronunciation: [niˈna gaɾˈsi.a]; born May 3, 1965)[2] is the editor in chief of Elle, and has been a judge on the Lifetime reality television program Project Runway since its premiere season.

Early life and education[edit]

García was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, the daughter of a wealthy importer.[3] She graduated from the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1983 and holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University. Later she attended Esmod (Ecole Superieure de la Mode) in Paris and also earned a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising in 1992 from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).[4][5]


Garcia in New York in 2011

Garcia began her career in the fashion industry in the early 1980s.[3] She worked in the public relations department for Perry Ellis and its then-designer, Marc Jacobs.


After leaving Marc Jacobs, García moved to Mirabella, where she worked as Assistant Stylist and Market Editor until taking a position at Elle. She became Fashion Director of Elle in 2000.[6] Garcia left the Fashion Director position in April 2008, becoming Editor-at-Large at the magazine until the end of August. On April 11, 2008, Us Weekly reported that Garcia left her post as fashion director of Elle. Garcia's contract was reportedly up for renewal. Roberta Myers, Vice President/Editor-in-Chief at the magazine, announced May 15, 2008 that they had entered a new agreement with Nina Garcia who was named Editor-at-Large through September 1, 2008.[7] Garcia was named the creative director of Marie Claire in 2012 [1], where she introduced franchise editorial sections and award-winning fashion content. Nina Garcia is currently the editor in chief of Elle, the No. 1 fashion magazine brand in the world, with 46 international editions. [2]

Other work[edit]

Responsible for covering the designer fashion markets of New York, Milan and Paris, Garcia is an elite authority of the industry who has cultivated an adoring global fan-base of fashion “insiders.” She has hosted the red carpet for ABC’s Oscar telecast, has been a judge on the Peabody Award-winning show Project Runway since it launched in 2004, and serves as a style expert on programs including Good Morning America, The View, Today, CNN, and more.

On May 31, 2016, Nina Garcia joined the advisory board of fashion tech company Nineteenth Amendment,[8] which is a platform for independent fashion designers to launch collections and have their designs made on demand, sustainably in the USA. Garcia's role as an advisor to Nineteenth Amendment includes mentoring up and coming fashion designers and consulting on fashion industry strategy. On July 25, 2017 Nineteenth Amendment announced a contest for fashion designers around the world to submit their designs for Garcia to judge and wear to New York Fashion Week 2017. On July 26, 2017, it was announced that Garcia joined fashion tech startup True Gault, which uses 3D imaging to scan women's feet and create a custom fit pair of luxury high heel shoes. Garcia's role as advisor will include making creative decisions while consulting on marketing and strategy.


García is the author of four books.[4] On September 5, 2007, Garcia's book, The Little Black Book of Style (Harper Collins) was released. The book has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese.[citation needed] On August 26, 2008, Garcia's second book for Harper Collins, The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own was released, with eight printings at the launch. Garcia's third book, The Style Strategy was published in September 2009. Nina Garcia’s Look Book was published in September 2010.


Garcia was honored by Fashion Group International in 2010 with the prestigious Oracle Award and in the same year, received the Individual Achievement award from the Hispanic Federation. In 2015, Garcia received the Champion of Educational Excellence Award from the Oliver Scholars Program.


  1. ^ Matthew Schneier. "Nina Garcia Will Run Elle". New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Nina Garcia on". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  3. ^ a b Tkacik, Maureen (2008-08-17), "America's Next Top Fashion Editor", New York Magazine, retrieved 2010-07-14 
  4. ^ a b Fashion Institute of Technology, Nina Garcia to Give Keynote Address at FIT's Graduation Ceremonies on May 25 Archived 2010-10-05 at the Wayback Machine. 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  5. ^ Clehane, Diane (January 20, 2010). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, NINA GARCIA, MARIE CLAIRE FASHION DIRECTOR & PROJECT RUNWAY JUDGE?". Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bravo TV Bio Archived 2006-03-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Fashion Week Daily - Dispatch - Project Runway Status Confirmed Archived 2008-05-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Nineteenth Amendment,

External links[edit]

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