Monday, July 9, 2012

Words with Katie Gallagher

So what was originally meant to be an interview with fashion designer Katie Gallagher turned into a comical game of word for word via Facebook messages across two different time zones. Below is the stream of consciousness that ensued. Katie did answer a few more serious questions which you can find at the end of the article. 
katie - me!
fashion - old
black - road
pvc - black seamless

object - trinket in the form of a bunny rabbit
sex - Jonathan
celebrity - green mountains
Shiny - pieces of glass shards in piles in the forest as a child.

rough - logs
moods - mood rings!
Courtney Love - bleach blonde hair with roots
beige - my first collection as a junior at risd, Everything Furever.
inspire - mornings

dead - the opening scene in Doctor Zhivago
moods - a crescent moon in a black sky
headlights - yellow light coming from a car in the night

rick owens - his long black hair
lightning - last night
mesh - my leggings in black
shapes - shapes taped to my wall in providence cut from stickers with a faux wood pattern
muse - no one

silver - milky pen
edges - the corners of a white piece of paper
tomorrow - tomorrow is monday and I have to go to midtown, how depressing.
feminine - mini pads
colour - box of crayola crayons

pain - hospital with mint green walls
work - my apartment
shop - nolita
woody allen - black rimmed glasses
makeup - white pressed powder

When did you first get involved in the fashion industry? 

I launched my first line during New York Fashion Week directly out of school in Sept. 2009 (Spring/Summer 2010)

Where do you draw your influences for the label?

 I like to try to keep within my own head as much as possible--if that is even possible--id like to believe that I can do it. If I can imagine it, I try to draw it two dimensionally, and then I try to recreate my drawings three-dimensionally...clothes!

Who are some of your favourite designers and labels? 

My favorite designers are Rei Kawakubo (CDG) and Junya Watanabe

Is there any one designer you would love to collaborate with? 

Rei Kawakubo, of course!

Have you had many celebrity clients and is there any one celebrity you would love to work with but haven't yet?

 I have had some celebrity clients...I don't really like to have muses or people I become obsessed with from the outside, so I don't have anyone in mind, no.

What are your favourite materials and embellishments to work with? 

My favorite material to work with is definitely leather, it's got to be just right though, never too stiff, never too supple...

When you are not designing what can we find you doing?

 I'm working a lot. My line absorbs my whole life. I run and do pilates. I like some of my friends :)

What has been your biggest personal accomplishment with KATIE GALLAGHER, the label?

 Just having it! I'm so thankful to be doing what I do as my job...however, its more grueling than you can probably imagine. I do it all on my own!

What can we expect from KATIE GALLAGHER in the future? 

SS13 and a little diffusion line so that a broader range of people can enjoy my designs!