PARIDUST: Thrilled that you like! My arrival at Paridust really came out of a search for something more free-spirited and fun then the rigidity of my architecture and interior design practice which is what I had studied and pursued up until that point. I’ve always instinctively been drawn to fashion and art but never had allowed myself to fully immerse in it and I saw Paridust as a way to do so. For me fashion is a very important means of self-expression and art takes me out of my own head and enables me to see/experience things differently.
PD: I think the composition comes from my architectural eye, which never leaves me. I am personally drawn to more minimal works that have an interesting or suggestive relationship to space but the way I choose the artists/exhibitions that I shoot is more intuitive. I try to see as much as I can and usually when I see something I know right away that I want to try to create a relationship and document it. I think that’s what is so appealing about art that it evokes feeling and ultimately when I style a pairing elements of that feeling must carry through.
PD: In the very beginning I would just take my chances, but now, yes I ask permission wherever I shoot. For the most part galleries and museums have been extremely welcoming but there have been a few exceptions. It’s understandable for people to be skeptical at first and I’ve come to realize that some will love and embrace what I do and others just aren’t going to get it.
PD: Quite the opposite, I honestly feel as if I am oddly more comfortable in a gallery than anywhere else. I think maybe as the art takes me out of my own head, it can take me out of my body too so I am able to embody something else I am trying to create.
PD: Ethereal is very much the idea behind the pairings, for the look to almost float in and out of the frame without disturbing what exists and only to add scale and another layer of interest. The Tara Donovan shoot was actually a bit different, I was nominated for a CFDA award for my Instagram imagery and was partnered with another CFDA nominee, The Row, which was a dream for me. I was planning on shooting at the Tara Donovan exhibition at Pace Gallery and it just clicked that The Row would be perfect to wear. Almost always though, the art comes first.
KDH: I respond to the materiality of art and fashion. They both have a relationship to the human body. Such as in fashion, fabric interacts with and responds to physical movement of the wearer and in art, how the medium is applied if to a surface, worn or built can be very specific to the artist. How important is the fabric to you, parallel to the artwork you are posing in front of?
PD: I would say very, as a tactile person materiality is often the first draw for me. Material and texture create form and it is these elements that determine balance. I am also interested in the interplay of light and materials, the way it is able to dramatically shift perception. I’m not interested in creating pairings that are literal so I find the use of fabric in its relation to medium as a way to create depth and a certain level of intrigue in my compositions.
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