Justina Mccaffrey was born in Winnipeg, the oldest of four children. After high school she was offered a placement as a charter member of the manufacturing program at the Fashion Institute Of Design And Merchandising In Los Angeles California.
From there she moved to intern at various couturiers and designers in the Toronto region where she mastered draping and pattern cutting. At age 23 she discovered her true artistry was in designing dramatic wedding dresses, and continued in her pursuit of discovering the perfect corset as well as an efficient manufacturing model to produce these elaborate pieces of work in Canada.
Justina McCaffrey shows are known for their eloquent voice of dramatic silk draping, as well as the fresh romantic and modern nature of the classical music inspired collections. Integral to the Justina culture is the invoking of elements from high art symphonic blends of ballet, movement, and opera to create a relevant strikingly new ideas about wedding dresses.
In less than 10 years Justina has became one of the most respected fashion designers in the wedding dress industry. She has designed privately and on contract for many fashion houses, as well developing a bridge collection named Miryam. Specialty retailer Marshall Fields partnered with Justina to create a Justina branded lingerie collection.
Currently, Justina McCaffrey INC is 100% owned by Justina McCaffrey with head office, production, and creative being conducted in Toronto. The expansion to various global markets includes strong representation within bridal retailers in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Tokyo, as well as actively working with couture customers within her Toronto location.
The following awards have recognized Justina McCaffrey's achievement in fashion: Canada’s Matinee Fashion Foundation Award 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.