I can date back to the exact moment when I fell deeply in love with fashion:
Waiting in a grocery store line, I think it was Ralphs, I noticed the very large September Issue of Vogue, 2004, featuring 9 striking Models on a fold out cover: Daria Werbowy, Natalia Vodianvoa, Gisele Bundchen, Isabeli Fontana, Karolina Kurkova
Liya Kebede, Hana Soukupova Gemma Ward & Karen Elson. The bold text “Fall Fashion Spectacular, Our Biggest issue ever! ” grabbed my attention right away. 832 pages. With all that, I still remember somehow being able to mentally move all the text and notice the jeweled color gowns the models were wearing. Picking up the issue, I remember thinking how heavy this issue was, and before i could even pass all the beginning advertisements, it was my turn in line. I decided to buy it. I remember thinking that it was expensive for some reason, at around $5 for an almost 14 year old with a small allowance, it was. When I got home, I shut the door to my room and read it cover to cover. Every single article. I thoroughly read every page, observing the lay outs, the editorials, everything. I even spent a considerable amount of time reading all the names in the list of editors and other directors. Wondering who those people were, what kind of lives do they live, what do they do every day. Maybe 3 hours later when I just could not consume anymore, I closed the magazine KNOWING, “this is what I want to do when I grow up. ” I did not know exactly what this was, but I knew I needed to be surrounding by fashion in some sense or another. Later that September I started high school, and my first day, I knew I was already over it and ready to start college at a fashion school.
For some reason or another I have cut out or circled certain pages throughout the last 8 years, and I have referred to this issue in particular several times and still manage to gather some for of inspiration.
For example, page 509, a ‘view’ features statement jewelry with a model sporting a cardigan with 3 brooches. I can date back to 2005, sophomore year of high school, when I attempted to ‘recreate’ that look with a brooch similar to one in that feature.
This issue also inspired the first dress I attempted to make, June 2005. It was a deep purple and baby blue color blocked, center gather gown with a brooch embellishment. This dress was to be used by my cousin for her 8th grade graduation. The dress was not so successful because my $15 handheld sewing machine really would not do the trick and having no pattern making skills, the bodice that I did finish, fit her way to small.
Looking through the magazine now, I am overwhelmed with emotion. This issue holds immense emotional value. I have created who I am today because of what I read 8 years ago. That moment at the grocery store was PIVOTAL in shaping the rest of my life.
Since then I have learned so much more about the industry and still continue to fall more and more in love. I know not matter what aspect of the industry I am in, I will always go about it with extreme passion.
Makeup: Pat McGrath
Stylist: Grace Coddington
Photographed by Steven Meisel on May 24, 2004