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 Ninotchka Garcia
(1968-05-03) May 3, 1968 (age 49)
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 Creative Director, Marie Claire
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)[1] is a Colombian fashion journalist and critic who has held the post of Fashion Director at Elle and Marie Claire magazines, 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.[2] 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).[3][4]


Garcia in New York in 2011

Garcia began her career in the fashion industry in the early 1980s.[2] 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.[5] 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.[6] She had spent 13 years at Elle and been Fashion Director for the past eight years. She began her new position as Fashion Director of Marie Claire on September 2, 2008.[7] Garcia currently oversees the fashion coverage for the magazine and runs the fashion department. She also covers the designer fashion markets of New York, Milan and Paris, and is relied upon as a fashion authority and has participated in numerous television interviews. In 2013, Garcia was promoted to Creative Director at Marie Claire.

On September 12 2017, it was reported that Garcia will take the position of Editor-in-Chief, returning to Elle.

Other work[edit]

García has been a judge on Project Runway since Season 1.[citation needed] In May 2007 Garcia was a judge for Miss Universe 2007 in Mexico City.[8] On May 31, 2016 Nina Garcia joined the advisory board of fashion tech company Nineteenth Amendment[9], 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.[3] 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.


In 2015 García received the Champion of Educational Excellence Award from the Oliver Scholars Program.


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