Fortune seemed to be smiling on 23-year old Annemarie Nodelijk, as the young fashion student had just moved to New York to work with Dutch designer Daryl van Wouw. “He was one of my heroes,” Annemarie explains. “It was like a dream come true.” But then suddenly the skies darkened. A tumour was found in her brain, which had to be removed to save her life. A risky operation followed, which left her blind in one eye and with tunnel vision in the other. Doctors told her that she would need to reset her goals in life. Working in fashion would be out of the question. “But fashion was my passion,” she explains. “I just couldn’t envisage my life without it.”