Is there a time period that significantly influenced your aesthetic?
I’m a big fan of the fifties and sixties, things that are quite feminine, nostalgic and cinematic. Growing up I guess you’re influenced by what’s around you. Australia is very colorful. I love things that are quite theatrical and over the top. I guess it’s having a bit of a renaissance with Gucci - really piling stuff on, mixing eras. It’s not new, but I like it because for so long things have been sterile and minimal. It’s a bit softer and more accessible; it’s quite dreamy and imaginative.
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Is there ever a message that you try to express with your styling?
I like to think that I dress real women. I’m not going to be a stylist who works with a lot of makeup and crazy dresses. I prefer a more natural look. I always want people to feel like they could be the girl in that picture. That it’s relatable, not unreachable.
How would you describe your styling aesthetic?
It’s very feminine but with a juxtaposition of strong, tough women. I’m obsessed with the middle ground; I love tomboy girls.
Does music influence your styling?
Lots. I'm also a DJ, so music is one of the most important sources of inspiration for my work. There are so many different images, and different styles, and when you throw music into the mix there are so many possibilities. Kind of like when you’re a teenager, and you’re obsessed with this band and try to dress like them.
Who are your favorites?
I love Siouxsie and the Banshees.
I love Siouxsie Sioux the leader in the band; she's totally crazy. She's really punk. She's always wearing this crazy makeup. She's beautiful and I love the music. They're just so cool. I also love Patti Smith, all the pictures of her when she was with Robert Mapplethorpe are so inspiring to me, her on stage as well.
Have they directly influenced any of your work?
Maybe, I don't know. I can’t pin point exactly where they influenced my work, but I’m sure my work would be different if I didn’t know who they were. There is something with that attitude that I love; the strong personalities.
Are there any specifics that are important to you about castings?
It’s hard to say exactly. I need to see a photo, and then I know immediately if I hate her, or I love her.
I don't ever like anything to look like it's just a full look off the runway; I think that's boring. I like things to be a little eccentric even if it's not the most over the top styling technique. I like things to be a little bit off in terms of how did they do that or how did they think of that or why does that make sense? I always want there to be kind of an outlier or some kind of black sheep. Maybe it's a men's story but all the men are wearing earrings and have this kind of feminine sexualization with their outfits. I like juxtaposing things and clashing ideas together.