For as long as I can remember I have lived and breathed fashion. I can still picture the first outfit I wore that set me apart. It was seventh grade and I had raided my mom’s closet; to assuage my craving, she told me that down in the basement there was some jewelry from the 70s that she didn’t want any longer that I  could have. In the box I found a wooden necklace, African-esque, with various animals hanging from it. I wore it with a black top and tight black jeans. Everyone adored it; I was the coolest girl in seventh grade for a day. It was awesome. After strutting through the halls of Port Washington’s schools  I went on to Barnard College where I was exposed to a lot of smart people but very little fashion. Unfortunately there were no courses geared to an interest in fashion so I had to take matters into my own hands. I went on to intern at various places throughout my college career, specifically a store called Edit which taught me so much about style and high end designer collections. To see such fabulous pieces in person was truly a blessing. My internship at Edit, where I worked assisted the buyer and website director, is what inspired my senior thesis;  a commentary on the fashion world through photography. Because Barnard offered little fashion courses I took the next logical step and became an art history major with a concentration in visual arts. In high school I found a passion for photography that led me to eventually declare my major. My thesis incorporated both my love for photography and my love for clothes. I wanted to comment on the consumerism that envelops all of fashion. As a result I took pictures of almost every article of clothing in my closet and displayed them on a huge wall in our studio at Barnard. I also photographed my accessories and shoes compiling my shoe collection and jewelry collection into small books that were displayed alongside the mural. Originally I had wanted to make a book (a large large book) of all of my photographs but unfortunately, due to time restrictions and also technological complications, I was unable to fulfill my goal. Although the project was a success I never got to finish the book I had sought out to make.

          Now I have long since graduated and am living with my boyfriend not too far from Barnard, I just couldn’t bear to leave. Unfortunately I was unable to find a job in fashion but I plan, sometime in the future, on going back to school, eventually, to fulfill my dreams.  In the meantime, I would like to take up my journey again with my thesis and start anew. I want to accomplish what I sought out to do at the start of my thesis and compile my book. Originally it was supposed to be entitled 21, because it was going to show all the things I owned when I was 21, but alas I am now a year older and a year wiser (yea right J) and cannot name my book after a younger version of myself. Instead I want to call it Collections and go from there.

My goal for this upcoming year, 2011, along with losing weight and getting more sleep and all the other prototypical new year’s resolutions,  is to finally finish my book. This blog is dedicated to that journey as well as my own personal journey with fashion and styling. My pictures mimic a website’s scroll down menu, very minimalistic (a plain white background focusing mainly on the object itself). Each day I will try and post some progress on my book as well as pictures of myself styled in the articles of clothing I am photographing. Its amazing how in just one year I have changed my wardrobe so much. I guess it comes with finally being a grown up! I really hope I can finally set out to do what I wanted to accomplish a year ago. I hope this is a wonderful, beautiful success. 

– Gaby