Today we’d like to introduce you to Maggy François. Them and their team share their story with us below:
In 1996, Maggy Francois began her stylish career producing events for clients up and down the East Coast landing her 1st contract with the Congressional Black Caucus. With unmatched talent and vision, she launched Maggy Francois, a self-titled special event & creative production company in 2000 committed to “creating the unimaginable” featuring fashion’s biggest names, from Christian Siriano, Amsale Aberra, Korto Momolu to Betsey Johnson.
Her ultimate goal was to always increase awareness and bring visibility to the fashion design industry through productions and education. From humble beginnings to soaring above and beyond to achieve her clients her wildest dreams, she continues to turn fantasy into reality and is instrumental in the selection, planning and development of every production. Francois is a visionary with unmatched talent and genius. With more than 25 years in the event planning, public relations and marketing industry, she draws people to brands, causes, events and ideas by weaving in her certain “je ne sais quoi”.
Maggy also brings visibility to the fashion and design industry as a lead costume designer and casting director for commercials, productions and feature films. Her will to thrive was tested at three pivotal moments in life. Through it all, she continued being an active entrepreneur, successfully running her businesses and working in the fashion industry as an award-winning creative director for clients like CW Television, Congressional Black Caucus, Luke’s Wings, Becky’s Fund; has executed international & national campaigns, music videos, commercials and campaigns with Budweiser, Planters Peanuts, NBA, Stella Artois, and more.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Running a business is never smooth. Keeping a small business afloat in challenging times can be difficult, but extra attention to detail can help ensure that a business survives. Building relationships is key to any successful business so I’ve been blessed to partner with some amazing brands.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’ve been in the education, entertainment and fashion industry for over 20 years. I’m instrumental in creating the vision for a plethora of brands, productions, designers and artists. Through film, I’m the visionary behind the scenes in costume design, marketing and a casting director.
In addition to my love of fashion, my passion is education through design; providing my experience as a road map for aspiring students to pursue careers in the fashion industry through Fashion Design programs. I believe “The impact of educating through design is more than just creating clothing, it is fashioning a way of life for young adults to express themselves and their ideas into tangible items.” I have been instrumental in creating numerous fashion industry curriculum guides for educational programs for several organizations & schools.
Any big plans?
I see myself as always looking to elevate and continue on enhancing my brand and continuing my involvement in keeping the fashion, film and entertainment industry in the forefront. This year I challenged myself and became a screenwriter. I have a short films being released in October and several films being released that I’m very excited. In addition, working with Myles Frost on Broadway has opened an enormous role in my life as Creative Fashion & Marketing Director for his brand. Who knew the team would bring home a Tony Award. The sky’s the limit and we have so much more coming soon. It’s challenging but well worth it all especially seeing your clients shine bright beyond your exceptions. Last but not least, I plan to add a beauty edition to my brand so stay tuned. Again, I have a kick ass team and I’m wouldn’t be who I am without them.
- Website: www.maggyfrancois.com
- Instagram: @fancyfrancois
Maggy Francois image credit Anne Calamuci Maggy Francois image credit: Northern Virginia magazine Anthony Hamilton Album Cover : Creative Fashion Director & Lead Stylist: Maggy Francois Fashion Stylist: Ariella Faith Designer: kas Photographer: Antwon Maxwell Vogue featuring Myles Frost Creative Fashion Director & Marketing Director: Maggy Francois photographer: Kristen Schlueter KJ Smith for HEIGHTS magazine Creative Fashion Director. Maggy Francois Fashion Stylist: Ariella Faith Assistant Fashion Stylist: Liyah Dimbo photographer: Collette Bonaparte Kim Fields for THE TALK & Urban Fashion League Creative Fashion Director: Maggy Francois Fashion Stylist: Jason Griffin