People have frequently asked me what fashion means to me and I always say it’s a way for me to express myself. To me that is my art. As much as I’d love to be an illustrator, sculptor etc, that simply isn’t my talent. I can however put a look together and tell a story through my fashion. Fashion to me is art, it is ever changing it is growing as you grow, changing as you change…etc. It can inspire, it can be uplifting.
?As a stylist I’m often called on to create an image for my subjects. I start with a clean palette and add inspiration. I go for colors, textures and images that evoke within me the theme we are going for. As with my model below McKenna in two different shoots we struck two completely different feelings.
Rap artist Nicki Minaj culitivated her many personas based on her appearance. She started of as Nicki Miraj, which evolved to Nicki Minaj the Harajuku Barbie. With a few changes in the way she presented her image to the world that alone put her on the map and allowed a broader audience to experience her talents. She’s now a crossed the threshold of hip hop artist to pop artist as well and with an actual Barbie under her belt we now know we can always expect to see something interesting from Minaj, whether it be her hair color to the porprotions she plays with in her outfits or the bars she delivers on her songs.
For me when I work on a shoot, it is as important and creative to me as an illustrator putting pen to paper.