Tell us about yourself and what you do...
I am obsessed with creating so I spend all of my time making things - whether it be clothing, textile prints, drawings, or curating exhibitions.
Do you find that your surroundings influence the way in which you work?
My internal environment influences my work rather than my outer environment. I'm in a self analytical cycle and am constantly trying to make sense of my body and my human-ness and my own thoughts and my place in the world. I try to investigate all parts of my self - the hopeless romantic, the courageous femme, the sad sack who shies away from people , the maternal mum wannabe, etc.. That being said, close female friends and their experience of the world crosses over with this and helps me to broaden my horizons on what the female experience can be.
Who was your first style icon, and what excited you about their identity?
The cast of 'To Wong Foo, Thanks for everything, Julie Newmar.' the 90's cult drag queen film, starring John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze. 50's and 60's inspired garb with a showy 90's twist. I found this VHS in the cupboard when I was about 8 years old and would watch it every weekend - sometimes I still do.
Their identities were assisted by the powerful camouflage of clothing and makeup - I loved the idea that they transformed and accentuated who they were on the inside by adding to what was on the outside. I may have been tempted by the beauty of shimmying copper fringing, violet jacquard twin sets and Robert Clergerie heels, too.
And who would you say you draw from today?
It's gonna sound cliche - but I adore Audrey Hepburns late 50's garb - fitted black pants and tailored white blouses, ballet flats, a messy fringe, bold eyebrows and a red lip. simple, standard, classic, and a little cheeky.
How important is building a relationship with your wardrobe to you?
I am particular with my clothes in that I buy the same things multiple times if the fit and colour is perfect - and will wear them in succession until they fall apart. I am not adventurous in my dressing at all, rather focussing on things that make me feel comfortable and sharp and MYSELF at the time time. Fabric must feel good on the skin, the right body parts must be accentuated, the colours must be simple. I don't like being aware that I am wearing clothing so anything that get's in my way, chafes, constricts, just drives me up the wall. In a way I like my clothing to be symbiotic with my body.
Which item of clothing would you consider to be the most significant?
This simple black cotton dress is something I sewed to wear to the funeral of my Nonno Giuseppe, last year.
The dress came about in a time of grief and need, and I wore it almost every time i had to go out at night for the following year. I wasn't consciously in mourning, but now that I think about it - it does echo the fact that my Nonna has adorned herself in black garments since - a Sicilian ritual.
Recently - during the week in which I relocated my home and business to Melbourne (another transformative time) the zipper broke- so I think the dress itself let me know that it's done with me and that i am now done with it. We don't need each other anymore - it's on to the next one.