So why PR?
Well, I love marketing, fashion, and people. I think it’s really fun to work in a job that revolves around communication.
Why do you want to be at the CFDA?
I like to help people. In the end, I’m not a fashion designer. I’m someone who’s trying to help foster the growth of other designers. I want to make impacts.
When did you know you wanted to work in this industry?
I think when I saw the film, Strictly Ballroom. The costumes, visuals, and music were so inspiring to me. I began drawing all of the costumes, and that’s when I knew that that’s what I wanted to do. I also used to make all of these little magazines with my friends. We hand wrote them and made copies with carbon paper.
I found when I did fashion design; I wasn’t designing wearable clothes; I was designing stuff that I thought would look good in a picture or that would tell a story. I love Tim Walker’s pictures for example; it’s a complete fantasy. When I was sewing, I didn’t care about things being perfect; I often glued my hems, it was about the bigger picture for me. I love all of the old-school, iconic fashion imagery - Avedon, Horst, Blumenfeld. The images of fashion are what stay in the memories and history, and that’s what I love.
Why do you want to be an MUA?
I am a beauty product junkie, and I love creating beauty. I am obsessed by texture and color but I work better in 3d than I do on a flat surface.
Why did you want to be a stylist?
I knew that I wanted to work in the fashion or art industry when I was in high school. I did a small fashion show at my school when I was a kid, and it was so funny. I had a really good time working on it though so I decided to take that career path more seriously.
I first studied fashion design because I thought that that’s what I wanted to do. Then I realized that I would probably get really bored at a studio because when you’re at a big fashion house, there are a lot of people so at the end of the day your job isn’t that creative. Around the time of realizing that, I would always find myself at art galleries looking at photography exhibitions. The images that I saw really stuck in my head and I thought that I could be a part of them somehow, and that’s when I started assisting a few stylists.
I fell in love with the feeling of building a concept, working with the photographer to bring an idea to life. I loved the fittings and building looks on models. It felt as if creativity was constantly pouring out of me. I don’t know… it was just so much fun.
I want to be a stylist. It's bringing a dream to life. I personally think that I haven't really stumbled across my personal taste and aesthetic, so I definitely want to bring that into the industry and share with others. That would be a mixture of Tim Walker, who is super dreamy, and then Steven [Klein] who's more intense and sexy. I would like to combine those two, because Tim Walker’s work resembles more of dreamy movie set, like Edward Scissorhands, but it's still kind of like a cotton candy cloud. Then, Steven is always going to be more like-
Yeah and vulgar, in your face. For instance, you know the breastfeeding photo he did for Equinox, like her breast is right there, and when you see it you're like woah, and it's always those metallic colors with his work. I love those two. I love having that feminine sexuality and power, but with more of a soft, fantasy twist. I haven't seen that anywhere.
I think the most intriguing thing to me is, when I look at clothing, I look at it from an art perspective because you can wake up every day and just throw on a t-shirt and jeans and don’t give a shit. The way you dress reflects who you are. I love to see people who stay true to themselves and they’re like, “This is what I like. I don’t give a fuck what you think. I’m going to rock it." & It’s just that confidence that they exude and I’m like, “That’s amazing”.
I think fashion is just really natural to me. I've always been involved in art and I have these ideas that I can't get out of my head until I make them. Somehow fashion was just a natural way to do that. I think ever since I started sewing in middle school, it just worked. I started wanting to be a designer and thought that I would never be able to do that, so I started thinking about becoming a stylist, which I thought was close enough. I started taking design classes at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago throughout high school. Things just clicked there. I think that it was a really encouraging environment and it pushed me. I conceptualized and saw the world I hadn't before. I think that was the moment that I knew that was what I should do [become a designer].
Why do you work in fashion?
I'm very much in love with women. Obviously not in a sexual way, but I just think women are so beautiful and everything they stand for and everything they do and everything they can create. I'm obsessed with women. I think it's really, really important to celebrate women and to celebrate good design. I'm not excited about a lot of things on the runway right now, but when I am excited I think of why I got into fashion. It's the fantasy of it and the excess and the extravagance and who's going to wear this $40,000 handmade dress?
I always wanted to be able to see that $40,000 handmade dress and now I do get to see it and things like that aren't as exciting now because now I'm in it, but I think it’s the idea that things can still be exciting; things can still change. People still have a point of view and people are trying to shake the status quo up all the time. I think that is what fashion is to me is the hope that something more exciting is coming. I mean in a way it's also a double-edged sword because people are always going to want more and a lot of times people can't deliver, but I think that feeling of expectation and excitement is what really drives me to love fashion. We're working with all the fall/winter collections right now and I can't wait to see all the spring collections and that's not going to happen for another two months but I’m still so excited.
I think for me, fashion is just a part of who I am. It started with admiring what people wore and then grew into me wanting to know more about it on a cultural level. It’s one of the only things that I’m really passionate about. Also having a background in cultural studies and art history has really enriched the way that I view fashion.