Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie Hughes studied Clothing and Textiles at Wellington Polytechnic,1978-79 and then attained an M.A. in Fashion at St. Martins School of Art, London, graduating in 1988.

Between 1980 - 82 Kerrie set up and ran the shop Svelte, Cuba St, Wellington in partnership with Di Jennings and later in Auckland. In 1986 Kerrie returned to Wellington and opened Siren in Ghuznee St before leaving on an arts/craft council grant to study in London. In 1990 she opened the wholesale/retail shop Idol in Soho, London, in partnership with Penny Meachin. The Idol label also sold through Liberty's, Harvey Nichols, Whistles, Browns, Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Charavari as well as other stores in Europe.

Idol clothes were worn on several TV shows including Absolutely Fabulous and Friends, and are in the collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum, Te Papa, and the Dowse Museums, and have featured in Vogue,Tatler and Elle magazines.

Kerrie has had three exhibitions at Bowen Galleries.

2017 Kerrie has been one of the World of Wearable Arts judges.

Kerrie lives and works in Eastbourne, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.