Fashion is all about self-expression. I am all about doing your own thing and not following the crowd. It can also take time to find your own style. Be willing to take some chances and don’t worry what other people might think.
How do you describe your style?
I call my style “Hitchcock Blonde.” I wear vintage suits or dresses, mostly from the ’50s and ’60s. My look is more the professional lady of the 1950s, rather than the housewife. I dress in vintage about 80 percent of the time, but I also wear things I’ve made from vintage sewing patterns. I get a lot of inspiration from Doris Day movies. Her wardrobe in “Pillow Talk” is absolutely spectacular! If I could look like that every day, I would!
What are your favorite pieces?
This was a hard question. My favorite piece changes depending on my mood. I am naturally attracted to anything shiny and sparkly! I have a particular obsession with evening gowns and cocktail-wear. Which is why I started the Louisville Glam Squad. So I can take these things out for a spin.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
The Nitty Gritty, of course! Naturally I have many, many wonderful pieces from my “Home Base.” But I also love Elizabeth’s Timeless Attire. Elizabeth is the Grande Dame of Louisville Vintage and I have gotten some wonderful things from her. Judy at 2023, 20th Century Furnishings also has some fabulous items. I recently got a pair of gold lurex pants from the 1950’s there. Crazy Daisy and Derby City Antique Malls are always fun. I love all the sparkly stuff at Work The Metal.
Who is your fashion icon? Why?
Hollywood costume designer Edith Head is my idol. She was very prolific, winning nine Oscars out of thirty nominations. She started working in the 1920s, and continued until the early 1980s. She dressed Grace Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck and Marlene Deitrich just to name a few. At this time, costume designers were also key in playing a part in the movie star’s personal wardrobe. I admire her, less for her own style; she is most often seen in simple gray suits, so she would not upstage any of the movie stars she was dressing. It is more her talent and body of work that has me enthralled. She had the eye to fix any woman’s figure flaws, and make her look like a million dollars. Unlike most costume designers, Edith Head actually became a celebrity in her own right, appearing as a regular on Art Linkletter’s show in the 1950s, and her studio was a stop on the Paramount Studio Tour. In 1959 she released her autobiography/style guide, “The Dress Doctor,” which became an instant best seller. Ordinary women believed her magic would work for them!