Story by Paul Aguirre-Livingston. Illustration by Ayalah Hutchins.
Describe the girl who wears your clothes. Who do you design for?
“Over the years, the girl I was dressing changed quite a bit. When I started, at 22, I was designing very cute, hyper-girly things (yes, that’s a word!) for a somewhat younger clientele. I’ve grown up quite a bit since then and I think the customer I’m catering to has too. She is confident, eclectic and bold, not afraid to have a strong presence. Her look is polished and refined. Previously, my girl was merely trying to be stylish, now she is a woman who just effortlessly is.”
In film, which person’s style do you most admire?
“Sophia Loren. Timeless.”
Which literary hero do you most identify with?
“Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.”
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
“That I am absolutely terrified of riding a bicycle. I know how to and I’m pretty fit but it just scares me.”
What is the best part of your job? The worst?
“The best part is, of course, the designing. I love dreaming and imagining a sort of mini-movie where each garment has its own role. It’s such an exhilarating experience bringing things out of your imagination to life. The worst is the reality of it all—production, accounting, struggling to make ends meet!”
If you weren’t a designer, you would…
“Be a rock star. But I can’t sing, so designing was the next best thing!”
What’s next for you?
Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind.
And the incredible Sophia Loren.
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