"It’s amazing how much fashion empowers one to be seen as being the way one would like to be, which in turn inspires one to live up to the expectations created." facets of my creative vision. Some find it hard to understand how I simultaneously produce films, handle production design and design costumes, but these go so well together and are all part of the same creative energy for me, just in different forms. Each requires problem-solving, bringing people together, and creating a cohesive expression of ideas and feelings, with the greatest production value while minimizing costs. Working in multiple areas has helped me grow exponentially as an artist, and I believe it's the reason my work has won so many awards. I’ve noticed that people gravitate toward you, whether it’s a group of teenagers needing directions on the streets of Manhattan, or a newly minted superstar hanging out in a hotel bar, they always spot you and approach you. Are you aware of this and to what would you attribute that quality? That's funny, I didn't think of it that way. I guess I often feel I'm from another world, so I connect with those who see outside the ordinary parameters of any given situation. You have a quirky, fun personal style — how would you describe it? What are the influences, if any? The way I dress reflects my mood, so it must be whenever I see you I feel quirky and fun. Clearly you inspire me! You’ve worked with an astounding percentage of the world's most renowned celebrities — what do you think are the defining ingredients that go into making such big personalities? There is one quality that many of the artists I've worked with share — from Rihanna to Anne Hathaway, Prince to Kanye, Beyonce to Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez to Lady Gaga — as much as those behind the lens — Floria Sigismondi, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Matthew Rolston, Peter Lindbergh, Michael Hausmann, Indrani — a 40 perspective that is unique, a willingness to step outside of what is comfortable and expected, to find themselves and bring their audiences with them. Do you feel like you’ve become a pretty good talent spotter after all these encounters? Yes absolutely! What stands out to you when you feel like a young model or artist has that special something? There's a light in their eyes, and a determination to create some-thing meaningful, whatever it takes, that pushes them beyond the norm. Any secrets for getting along well with highly demanding, pampered, not quite of this world, celebrity clients? Its essential to stay grounded and focus on fearlessly exploring creative ideas together. I encourage artists to channel their dra-matic energies to focus on the greater journey of ideas and the art we are creating together. What we've created together has gone on journeys of its own, with photos and videos touring exhibitions and museums around the globe. The fashions I created for Daphne Guinness were exhibited in the window of Barneys and in the Museum of FIT, the dress and shoes I designed for Hello Kitty for Lady Gaga bounce from country to country, from the Museum of Popular Culture, Seattle, to the Japanese-American National Museum, to National Museum Volkenkunde, Netherlands. Are you working on anything now that you can share? I'm producing, creating production design, and costumes for several amazing new films and photo shoots, all of which I'm sworn to secrecy on.