Justina McCaffrey Bio
She has been called an icon, a hero, a trail blazer, an innovator, a leader, a champion, the milkmaid of human kindness, and a Canadian National Treasure.
Hers’ is the story of loves, losses, and triumphs, with the poetic justice of karma and the providential truth of fate.
She is a TedX speaker, a published writer/columnist, a prolific media personality, cultural figurehead, who not only performed Kirov’s Swan Lake (corps de ballet) in NYC at 38 years old, but also ran a fierce campaign to become a Canadian Member of Parliament all the while advocating for the restoration of the garment industry in North America.
She has dressed numerous celebrities and socialites across the globe. She has been celebrated in Italy as the only North American representative for St. John Paul II’s Fashion Jubilee held at St. Peter’s Square and designed and created a pluvial cope for the Pontiff himself that now resides in the Vatican archives.
Justina was born in Winnipeg, Canada. She is a manufacturing graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles California.
As a student at FIDM, Justina consistently won the Entrepreneurial Award from the career and technical student organization – DECA Inc., and not only represented FIDM, but the entire state of California two years in a row. The second year she claimed the International Entrepreneurship award for her clever vertically integrated business plans.
As a professional she was chosen eight years in a row to receive Canada’s Matinee Fashion Foundation Grant that was awarded based on the legitimacy and realistic nature of her entrepreneurial growth strategies.
She has partnered with dozens of retailers notably Neiman Marcus, Kleinfeld Bridal, and Japan’s Novarese in creating exclusive capsule wedding and Ready-To-Wear collections and thus claiming the number one position of units sold in the history of Kleinfeld Bridal and the number one dress in Japan in 2014.
Throughout New York’s fashion industry she has been known as a salable artist who has consistently created compelling independently produced runway shows and video novellas of collaborative artistic efforts with cultural groups such as The National Ballet of Canada, New York’s Metropolitan Opera’s Children’s Choir, Les Grande Ballet Canadiens, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Atlantic Ballet, Thirteen Strings, and numerous artists, composers, and choreographers.
Hers’ is also the story of firsts. The first born. The first internationally recognized fashion designer based in Ottawa Canada, the first award winning wedding dress designer to receive over 20 retail accounts upon her first show in NYC.
Justina McCaffrey is now the first wedding dress designer to be invited to present her collection at Paris Fashion Week 2020.