What are some of your best inspiration sources? The Greek room at the Met. Nature. Old books. (I have a great one on Leigh Bowery). My husband. He has an amazing knowledge of art things. The back shelf at the party store. Orange County housewives. Anything in life really, whatever is around.
What would be your advice to salon hairdressers who want to take the step of becoming session stylists? Don’t look on Instagram for answers. Talk to people who’ve worked in the industry. I’d recommend assisting and learning that way instead of trying to follow the Instagram algorithm. There’s so much of this industry and parts of the job that you don’t see. Working in fashion isn’t BTS videos on your story. That’s a total façade.
What’s your favourite thing about working in this industry? And what is something about this industry you wish would change? I love being able to create things with people I admire and respect. I love making the fantasy and telling the story, I love the spontaneity. I love how inclusive the industry can be now too. However, I wish that Instagram followers didn’t equate to talent. I wish Instagram didn’t dictate the industry. It puts barriers up. Instagram restricts and waters down both what people want to create and what people want to look at. They literally censor things, and less obviously, the algorithms shape and influence what we see. It’s really hard for artists because art becomes numbers, it becomes followers and it becomes likes. It causes so much anxiety. And I wish that it wasn’t like that – I wish the industry hadn’t become so dependent on a platform that reduces our work down to numbers. Sure, the industry was always about money. But this is a constant line of notifications of approval or disapproval. And yet we’re forced to engage in it for our careers.
Where would you like to see your work take you in the next few years? I’d like it to take me away to an island where I can roam free and be happy. Joking – I’m lucky that I get paid to do something I enjoy doing. So more of the same is fine by me.