Maguy Durce, Renaissance Woman and Haitian Fashion Force

Fashion designer, Maguy Durce, is a creative and political force to be reckoned with. She has been active not only in the field of fashion, but also as a public servant.


The year 2012 was an especially busy one for her. With European Union and institutional support, she organized Haiti Fashion Week in Miami. This event was a platform for Haitian fashion designers, which brought them attention from around the world. Durce also started a fashion design workshop with help from the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund.

The fashion industry in Haiti also named her "Personality of the Year" for her contributions to Haitian fashion. The international media was on hand for the event, celebrating her selection. Durce is not modest about receiving the honor, as she says "Honestly, I think I deserve it because I worked hard."

Raised in Petion-Ville, Durce has explored many creative and social areas. She is an author, manager, planner, and political activist. As a teacher, she presided over classes in classic and modern literature. She has also delved into cooking, baking, and interior decorating, and, of course, fashion design. She began apprenticing as a seamstress under her mother, Edith Durce.

As a public servant, she was appointed as Department Head for the Department of Education. Following that position, she took the job as the Minister of Education's Chief Technical Advisor, and then became Minister of Trade and Industry. Her last government position as Private Investment Advisor to the President ended in 2011.

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