2017 Judge Profiles


“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. And most importantly, have fun!”

Margo Barton, widely known as one of the most prestigious fashion names in New Zealand, joins the Brother Design Stars panel this year to judge both categories (Fashion & Craft). As the Fashion Director of Otago Polytechnic School of Design, Margo’s passion is in developing young creative talent. Margo has experience across various facets of the fashion industry, from being a model to a pattern-grader and a designer to a milliner. Her expertise is recognised both nationally and internationally.

Two minutes with Margo Barton...

Are you a sewer or crafter? I'm both as they are connected for me. I like sewing my own clothes, but don't get the time to do as much as I'd like. Crafts I enjoy are embroidery, fabric painting, dyeing and printing and knitting.

Follow trends or find your own way? Own way - Inspiration can come from anywhere, and therefore while I like to find my own way it will often coincide with trends, it's fashion osmosis.

Describe your style in three words… Vintage, eclectic, individual



“Don’t be afraid to try something different. And of course have some fun!”

An emerging designer in her own right, Abby Holland joins the Brother Design Stars judging panel this year as the Designer of Coop. Abby’s love affair for fashion began when she launched her own label ‘Make Hearts Race’ in 2013. 27-year-old Abby is now an up-and-coming Kiwi fashion designer learning from one of the best in the business, Trelise Cooper. Abby believes creativity is fostered from a young age and wants to encourage youth to create, design and sew.

Two minutes with Abby Holland…

Are you a sewer or crafter? I love to sew and craft. When I previously had my own fashion label I managed to sew all stock myself. Although it was painstakingly time consuming, I gained so much knowledge about garment construction and fabric.

Follow trends or find your own way? I believe to some extent, we all follow trends. Now with the strength of social media, it is hard not to be consumed or become excited and inspired by something new. I like to keep up to date with trends, but also find a way to wear or present them in a fresh light.

Describe your style in three words… Feminine, Fun, Fresh



“Nothing beats a good original concept, beautifully executed.”

When it comes to creativity, Fifi Colston is a guru! An expert in illustration, writing, public speaking, workshop facilitating and arts & crafts Fifi is an all-rounder with years of experience under her belt. She’s no newbie when it comes to creative competitions; she’s a veteran contestant to the World of Wearable Arts (WOW) competition, having 22 garments accepted into the show. Fifi can’t wait to see what young Kiwis can create.

Two minutes with Fifi Colston…

Are you a sewer or crafter? I love it all! Every year with wearable art I make things that involve both talents. Sewing is a lifetime skill that I wouldn't be without.

Follow trends or find your own way? I find my own way but always with a look out on Pinterest for inspiration.

Describe your style in three words… Paint splattered jeans