Born and raised in Bern, Switzerland, Andrea Hutchinson has a globally focused and creative mind. She became a model at the age of 16, walking the design-forward catwalks of Europe, and her passion for fashion has never abated. As a model, Andrea was immersed in the ‘nitty-gritty’ of leading fashion events and experienced first-hand the complexity of bringing them to life. Andrea is now at the helm of HAUS, leading a tightly-knit team of experts who have their own reputation for producing high-quality, truly memorable moments in the arts, culture, fashion and beyond. Andrea is also a co-founder of FASHFEST, the four-day fashion event that transformed the nation’s capital in May 2013, and the biggest fashion event to be held in Canberra to date. She also co-founded Help from the Underground, a major ‘op-shop’ fashion event held annually to raise funds for the homeless. Her success in these unprecedented events stems from her detailed understanding of the industry and her skill at assembling teams of professionals who work well together. Andrea’s reputation to forge close relationships with models, designers, stylists, directors, publicists, photographers and backstage people is second-to-none and enhances her ability to inspire and motivate all members of HAUS.
Clint Hutchinson has been immersed in the creative industry most of his life. Along with his wife Andrea, Clint started FASHFEST, Canberra’s largest red-carpet fashion event.
After the inaugural FASHFEST, this dynamic duo felt it was logical to start a modelling agency that would operate with a different point of view. HAUS Models was born.
Today, Clint is the CEO of FASHFEST and the Director of HAUS Models.
For 15 years, Clint was also the Managing Director of one of the capital’s largest creative agencies, ZOO Group. While he remains a shareholder, and works on some of the agency’s projects, he has left his full-time position to concentrate on a new chapter of his life. This includes developing, along with Andrea, an innovative incubator to take FASHFEST and HAUS Models to the next level. This incubator will support fashion labels, models, musicians and other creatives to build their business acumen.
One of Clint’s strengths is transforming teams to move in one direction. This means sourcing strength from business strategy and executing with precision.
That’s the focus of the new chapter in his life.
Fashion Director Steven Wright teaches in the areas of design, fashion, photography and art. He is well-known in the fashion circuit for his creativity and expertise and has been heavily involved in the Canberra and Australian scene for more than a decade. His main role? To get the show on the road. Steven guides designers, choreographers, models, sound and lighting experts and other production specialists, unifying all the pieces into a sensational show with a uniform vision—one that stimulates and is remembered. Steven has worked on major fashion events such as FASHFEST, Fashionably Early, Canberra Centre Fashion Week, Floriade, Help from the Underground and Kinetic.
Logistics Director Nick Ellis is famous in Canberra for ‘herding cats’ as they say in the trade. An Associate Producer with extensive expertise in the industry, Nick has worked on dozens of major fashion events of all styles in the ACT. He is a masterful coordinator, ensuring models, hair and makeup artists, volunteers and the many others involved in a successful event are all scheduled in nicely, on deadline, watered, fed and just generally motivated. He’s the smooth operator who makes operations smooth.
Wendy Johnson, backed by a Master’s Degree in Journalism, understands what makes media tick. And she respects what media wants and needs. Major events require professionally developed and executed public relations and media strategies to get the word out there. Wendy’s approach is tailored and she and her team roll up their sleeves and work exceptionally hard to support media and juggle competing and conflicting deadlines. Lateral thinking is the name of the game here, as is a creative approach, with mainstream, social and industry-specific media.