Bits and Pieces of the interview:
Q: Give some budding designers out there some advice about starting a line. What should they look into and what should they avoid?
A: Hmmm, well I could probably answer this in so many ways. I would say if it's something you feel is right in your heart, go for it. It will be one of the hardest tasks you'll ever try. It takes a lot of managing of all aspects on the business side while still creating your ideas. Biggest advice: don't go into business with someone else without talking to a lawyer and setting up paperwork to protect your rights as a creative individual.
Q: What was it like attending Parson's, and what did you gain from that intense program?
A: Attending Parson's was one of the hardest and best experiences I have gone through. There was little or no sleep, but it taught you a good work ethic, which in this industry helps you survive. Also, I value the amazingly talented friends I made while I was there, who have become life long friends.
Q: I know you are a real film buff. Who are some of your favorite directors and flicks, and how do you tie them into your creations?
A: I love the Thin Man film series from 1934-1946. The two main characters, Nick and Nora, are played by Nick Powell and Myrna Loy. I fell in love with the couple's witty banter...especially Myrna Loy, who started her career as a dancer. Like I said before, I was completely taken by Agnes Varda's film Le Bonheur, which was made in1965. The story paints a happy fairytale palette, while the story undermines this with dark situations the characters are faced with. I played with my palette being a cheery Kodachrome in one of my paintings, created prints with some unexpected detail, then cut them out to break up the prettiness. The main pop print dress is a good example, splashed with my abstract painting of flowers dripping down Kodachrome colors. The front is sweet and demure, and then in the back is exposed above and below the bra line. I like keeping the story intertwined in all aspects of the collection.
I know that it's never going to be easy in Parsons but i'm up for it. It's never going to be easy anywhere, that's life.