About Maggie

I’m pretty sure I was born loving fashion - dresses was one of my first words and by the age of two I was giving tours of my closet)- but my life took a few twists and turns before it became my career as well as my passion. 

Before becoming a designer, I earned a Master's degree in education and spent nearly a decade working at several wonderful nonprofits and teaching in the Chicago Public Schools-a career which was both challenging and rewarding. This experience continues to shape my view of the world.

 

During a summer off from teaching, I decided to take a chance and took an intensive course at London College of Fashion. The creative environment of the school was so inspiring, it drove home what I always knew-I wanted to pursue a career in fashion.

Back in Chicago, I was hired to do fashion illustrations, giving me the confidence that there was a place for me in this industry.  From there I began creating my own designs 

Over the next few years I pursued my dream, moving to New York, and creating two successful brands in the fashion industry- The Giving Bride and The Lingerie Selection.

As the owner and creative director of The Giving Bride, I create beautiful, ethically produced, bridal lingerie while giving a portion of each purchase price back to women’s charities combining my love of fashion and philanthropy.

The Giving Bride has shown on the runway at Lingerie Fashion Week, been featured online and in print for major media outlets including WWD, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People StyleWatch, E! News, Elle, and Teen Vogue.  It is sold nationwide in luxury lingerie boutiques and has been purchased by influencers and A-List celebrities.  

Seeing a gap in the market, I founded The Lingerie Selection which was born out of a desire to build a trade show geared toward independent designers.

As The Lingerie Selection has grown, designers from around the world have presented their collections to high end boutiques and department stores, and found support in our innovative and collaborative show.

Because there’s no such thing as too much fashion, I started freelance writing covering Fashion Week, industry events, and doing trend analysis.

Increasingly, I’m also learning and sharing how we can make the industry more sustainable and ethical because I truly believe that is the future of fashion. I love that through writing, I’m able to share my knowledge and enjoyment of fashion with others.   

 

I now live in New York with my husband, our son, and Buster, the adorable Bedlington Terrier-a star in his own right who occasionally moonlights as a model in my lingerie catalogues and stole the show at our wedding as Best Dog.

You can find my full resume here, as well as my media bio.  If you'd like me to write, illustrate, or design for you, you can reach me here.

Current Projects
Fashion Writer

Fashion Writer

Freelance As a freelance writer, I have covered the fast paced world of New York Fashion Week for the past six seasons. My background in trend forecasting and knowledge of fashion history allows me to identify trends in real time and connect what's happening on the runway to the larger cultural context. Additionally, I've coverd industry news, events, and done public relations work.

The Giving Bride

The Giving Bride

Founder and Creative Director Started in 2012, The Giving Bride creates timeless lingerie for the discerning bride. Our classic styles are made from luxury fabrics and high end finishes and are embellished with beautiful lace and Swarovski crystals. Our lingerie is ethically made in America and a portion of every purchase goes to women's charities.

The Lingerie Selection

The Lingerie Selection

Founder The Lingerie Selection is dedicated to promoting independent lingerie & swimwear brands. Our show connects brands and buyers, and forms a community of industry professionals, all seeking provide their customers with exactly what they desire. The Lingerie Selection has two formal industry shows per year, and creates both industry and consumer facing events year-round to engage customers and increase brand awareness. Boutique hosted trunk shows, panel discussions, collaborations, and

Created by Maggie Gillette 2020

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