During and after her diploma in visual communication design in 1992, Ms Hawley took any opportunity to help in local productions and in 1996, received a Television New Zealand Scholarship, and assistance from Wellington City Opera, to study at The Motley School of Theatre Design in London.
Since then, her career has taken off. Ms Hawley is currently filming in Toronto; a far cry from the advice of her high school career advisor who saw her most likely career as a mortician!
Kate Sylvester was a student at Wellington Polytechnic between 1985-86. Kate is one of New Zealand’s most commercially successful and respected fashion designers.
Collette Dinnigan is a global fashion phenomenon. The Australia-based fashion designer studied fashion design at the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design.
Rebecca Taylor is one of the best known New Zealand designers living abroad. Today there are 51 Rebecca Taylor stores worldwide, 40 of them in Japan alone.