Marion Hume is a screenwriter, journalist and ethical strategist based in London. Since 1985, she has written for newspapers and magazines in the US, the UK, Australia, around the world and online. She consults with a major initiative against global pollution.
Australia: 2006-2020, Hume was International Fashion Editor for The Australian Financial Review (AFR). Her in-depth profiles include fashion’s leading creatives and business titans as well as HRH The Prince of Wales.
USA: Hume’s American Vogue career began in 1994 with a profile of Vivienne Westwood. This lead to a contributing editor’s contract, until 1998, when she joined Harper’s Bazaar. From 2001-2008, she was a contributing editor at TIME Magazine, Style & Design. She has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Departures, W and wrote the “Letter from London” blog for forbes.com.
UK: Hume has contributed to The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Saturday Telegraph Magazine, The Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Gentlewoman, Elle, The Business of Fashion etc. She was fashion editor of The Independent from 1992 to 1995. She was the fashion writer at the FT from 1996-97. Her writing career began when she won the Honey Magazine Young Journalist of the Year competition in 1985.
SUMMITS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Marion Hume is a speaker and moderator at events including the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and the Fair Living Wage negotiations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
At the Sydney Opera House in May 2013, Hume curated and helmed Bespoke, a celebration of creative collaboration which attracted speakers from around the world. Hume’s speaking assignments have included The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and The Barbican, London. For several years, she chaired the business seminars of Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Hume was instrumental in establishing and maintaining the social media strategy of the United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.
TELEVISION & VIDEO
Hume appears in the double BAFTA-winning Lee Miller, A life on the Front Line (2020) directed by Teresa Griffiths. She was Creative Consultant on the 6-part series, The BoF Show With Imran Amed (2022). She was series consultant for the 1992 BBC six-part fashion series, The Look. She was the writer and associate producer of The South Bank Show special on John Galliano (1997). She has worked as content director/producer on many video clips for the United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.
As a screenwriter, Hume is currently part of two screenwriting teams.
Hume is the co-author with Philip Treacy of the hat designer’s best selling monograph for Rizzoli (2015). She has contributed to many books including The Cutting Edge (Victoria and Albert Museum, 1994) and collaborated on the V&A exhibition of the same name as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Streetstyle (1995). Hume’s novel, The Fashion Pack was published by Penguin (2005).
Under the auspices of United Nations Foundation, Hume worked with Project Perpetual which raised US$5.7 million in a single night to benefit shot@life, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and works in association with WHO, UNICEF and GAVI to deliver global childhood vaccines.
From 2009 to 2014, Hume was International Consultant, then Senior Consultant, for The United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative. The bridge between fashion and development, Hume was instrumental in delivering the vision of founder, Simone Cipriani to connect marginalized artisans to top designers including Vivienne Westwood, Christian Louboutin, Stella McCartney, sass & bide, Karen Walker and Stella Jean. She orchestrated a media strategy which resulted in features in The Economist, US and global editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, the International New York Times, among others.
A lifelong activist, in 1988, Hume co-founded Fashion Acts raising funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Hume has dual British and Australian citizenship. A graduate of Exeter University, she resides in London with her husband, climate activist artist, Peter Hunt.