Interview: Alice Short

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Alice Short is a painter and designer. I was lucky enough to interview Alice about her work, fashion and modelling. 

Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?

I am very well thank you, I hope you are rather splendid too!

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I'm Alice and I'm 22 years old. I was a King's College London student, originally from Dorset in England. I'm artistic and originally a fine artist specifying in realistic paintings. I also adore philosophy, am a proud nerd and cat mum.

Describe your style.

My style is heavily influenced by vintage fashion of which I am in awe of. I would say that fashion in the sixties has mainly influenced me but I try to infuse my looks which a high touch of femininity and class. Always opting for skirts and dresses over trousers and heels over flat shoes. I see fashion as an art form and it is the highest form of self-expression. 

When did you start getting into fashion?

I have always been interested in fashion, however, understanding and essentially 'finding' myself through my teenage years helped me to curate a style that is true and authentic to myself. I dressed as the typical indie 'girl next door' for a while, wearing band tees like Joy Division and the Smiths paired with high waisted skirts, thick tights and ankle boots. I then became fascinated with music from the sixties and with that, icons that I'd look up to were all from that era. I also adored the feminity of the 20s and 50s, subsequently falling for softer pastel colour palettes.

Where are your favourite places to shop?

Surprisingly, I don't really shop a lot. I tend to shop online and mainly only look at stores that offer petite clothing ranges. For me, it is quite easy to create the essence of a vintage look even with items from high-street stores but my main concern is always about the fit - it can make such a difference. I do adore vintage shops and the best ones are ones that are hidden away in the most quiet locations. Vintage stores in cities always tend to be disappointing as they can be exceedingly overpriced. It should be like a treasure hunt, where you are not sure what you are going to find!

What inspired you to get into vintage fashion? 

I think I naturally gravitated towards it. I do not follow modern culture at all, which some say is a setback but in all honesty, I do not have much interest towards modern celebrities. I always adored old movies, the looks of old pinups and the history of how fashion changed over the decades.

Do you think it is an important aspect to make your own clothing? 

Not necessarily! I actually cannot make clothing though I wish I could, so I guess I should attempt to learn. You can, however, amend items such as by sewing on different buttons or accessorising with pussy bows or collars. I think making clothing adjustments would be more valuable to me as sizes can sometimes be a little bit too generic.

Do you have any tips for anyone shopping in vintage and charity shops? 

Be patient and always try to find good deals on items. Some more popular vintage stores are often over-priced so it is helpful to be knowledgeable about vintage brands and be able to roughly calculate the worth of an item before buying it.

Why do you think charity shops are an important place to shop for clothes? 

Charity shops are a wonderful place to shop for clothes, mainly because you never know what you are going to unveil. It's always a treasure hunt and sometimes you can find complete gems!

Your style is very unique and wonderful; how do you go about styling different clothes? 

Thank you. I believe that accessories always make such a huge difference. Adding a beret or a beautiful pair of earrings can be the perfect touch. It's all about attention to detail from head to toe! I think it's also important to value consistency; the whole outfit needs to work as a whole and hair/beauty certainly contributes to your overall presentation.

How did you go about finding your own style? 

Experimenting! I also read quite a lot of historical fashion books and vintage books with wonderful imagery.

Have you always been into fashion? 

I would say so, yes, however, when I was younger I cared more about fine art. Yet the two mediums certainly crossover and the colour palettes I'm most drawn to in paintings is the same aesthetic I adore in fashion.

What new pieces have you picked up for this summer and autumn that we haven't seen on your Instagram yet? 

I actually have so many clothes that have not been featured on my Instagram - I have an overflowing walk-in wardrobe of them. During summer, I really adored floral tea dresses and Mary Jane shoes. In Autumn, I bought quite a few more boho 70s styled floral tea dresses that are very floaty and dreamy. They look divine with a faux fur coat and some heels.

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

Coats and berets - it's so cold here in England.

What are your favourite pieces of clothing?

Probably floral a line dresses with flippy circle skirts. I always fall helplessly in love with dresses that have an air of 50s glamour. I have one dress in particular which is light blue and floral and I utterly adore it. I've worn it far too many times!

What could you not live without?

My cat (I'm not sure if that counts). 

Do you have any career plans? 

I would love to one day get into Creative Direction, branding or experiment with designing! However, I take each year as it comes!

Do you have a favourite fashion magazine?

Vintage Vogue. 

Who was your first style icon? 

Isabelle Adjani.

Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?

It is fantastic for networking with other individuals that inspire you creatively. I try to see my Instagram account as an art book, I want it to flow beautifully and be true to myself.

What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram?

I have an upcoming photoshoot this weekend and awaiting digitals from a shoot I did in Los Angeles! I hope to do more and more shoots in the new year.

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Instagram?

My advice would be to use it for yourself as a means of self-expression. It should be a platform that has a positive influence on your life, you should want to share things but should not feel pressured or governed to do so. It's a space where you can really channel in on your own aesthetic.

What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?

Never undersell yourself. I think sometimes in the creative field, you cannot afford to be modest or hold yourself back in any way. You have to put yourself out there.

You can follow Alice on her Instagram account 'https://www.instagram.com/roseofibis/'. She is always posting wonderful design, photography and fashion based photographs. 

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