Bermuda Day Grand Marshal 2019 – Bermudian Excellence
Fashion has opened up a world of opportunity for Bermudian Shiona Turini. The consultant, stylist, and costume designer has spent the last decade travelling around the globe, making herself known as one of the industry’s leading fashion experts. The best part? She has taken Bermuda with her on the ride.
Ms. Turini has shared about her love for her homeland and culture in Elle Magazine, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Conde Nast Traveler, to name a few. She has also been instrumental in the annual Bermuda Fashion Festival, helping to pair up-and-coming local designers with influential fashion mentors, which directly contributed to the success of the Local Designer Showcase.
Growing up in Paget Parish and Devil’s Hole in Smith’s, Ms. Turini attended college in Virginia before moving to New York at age 21. Her first fashion industry gig was working at Yves Saint Laurent; while stints at W Magazine, Teen Vogue and Cosmopolitan followed. She later branched out on her own as a freelance consultant, working on editorial and commercial styling, music videos and red carpet.
Her extensive resume includes a collaboration with Solange Knowles on stunning visual projects, ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ and ‘Cranes in the Sky’ and styling Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ music video. She has also been a contributing editor for New York Magazine’s The Cut; created the wardrobe for Season 3 of HBO’s popular show ‘Insecure’ created by Issa Rae; and consulted for brands like Stuart Weitzman and Christian Dior. On her latest project, Ms Turini is doing costume design work on the set of movie ‘Queen and Slim’, written by Lena Waithe and starring ‘Get Out’ actor Daniel Kaluuya.
Not one to forget her roots, Ms. Turini collaborated with the Bermuda Tourism Authority in 2015 to create a digital influencer programme that promoted Bermuda as a luxury, premier travel destination. No matter how far she rises one thing remains clear: she will never forget where she comes from and remains “so proud to call this tiny Island in the Atlantic [her] home”.