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January Proust: Actually Huizenga


Your symbol of high fashion - Catherine Deneuve & David Bowie in “The Hunger”

You favourite fabric - Recently it’s a toss up between high quality latex and ancient armor. Perhaps iron with gold/silver plating?

Your favourite colour - I find myself really attracted to the colors in white opal, but I’d say the most comforting color is truly black.

The collection you will never forget - Kansai Yamamoto’s Ziggy Stardust collection

The style you most dislike - The white westerner tourist look with khaki shorts flapping in the wind, with puke-pale cotton shirts and all-purpose sneakers.

Your favourite fashion photographer - Helmut Newton

Your favourite model - Recently, I’d say Andrej Pejić. La Cicciolina is also one of my favorite models. And I think we shouldn’t forget how happy Anna Nicole Smith made and makes people feel. She started as a model!

Your shoe/shoe designer fetish - Those Melissa jelly heels. I had quite a few pairs. My favorites were in bright yellow and sparkly magenta, but the ankle straps broke on all of them. Some of the most comfortable heels to perform in, but that’s the main reason I broke all of them I suppose!

Your jewel/jewelry designer fetish - I find myself drawn to holiday-themed dangling earrings.  A guilty pleasure for me is buying holiday glass-blown earrings from Pier One Imports! Strange feelings about that place, especially during the holidays. It makes me feel like an alien, which I enjoy.

Your favourite fashion accessory - Reptilian contacts

Your ideal bag - Something small that zips and can hold my giant iPhone and in the shape of an ankh, with an easily accessible shatter-proof mirror and secret compartments to hide things.

The most creative designer - Nature!

The most timeless designer – Hahaha. Nature!

Your favourite designer - Sergei Diaghilev (of the Ballet Russes) is very high on my list, along with Erté.

Edith Head is also amazing. Discovered her through endless hours of watching Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Her designs give me that same butterfly-trapped-in-my rib cage feeling as Christmas.

I’d also like to mention a couple more recent Hollywood costume designers who really resonated with me visually from a very early age. Patricia Norris who worked on “Scarface” and many of David Lynch’s films, including the “Twin Peaks” series and “Blue Velvet.”

Secondly, this Fairy-creature Brian Froud, who designed costumes for “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth” collaborating with Jim Henson’s creature shop.

Your favourite decade in fashion - 1920s and 1930s – pre-code Hollywood

Your contemporary muse or inspiration - Has been and always will be David Bowie

Your historical muse or icon - Oscar Wilde, Hieronymus Bosch and other 1400′s artists from the Burgundian Netherlands, Alexander the Great, The Hellenistic sculptors of Ancient Greece… Roughly.

The “look” you prefer for a man - Tall, thin, androgynous, but still strong enough to lift my body weight off the ground. A sculpted nose, either aquiline or Greek,  is something I often find myself attracted to. Long and wavy hair also a plus, but I am versatile to exterior detail.

The “look” you prefer for a woman - Tall, thin, androgynous, but she doesn’t have to lift me off the ground. I find dark hair and light-cat-like eyes especially alluring in a female, but that’s just one side.

The fashion faux pas you can tolerate most - Being naked – I understand it’s probably a fashion faux pas in most circumstances.

The fashion faux pas you can tolerate least - I would say gaudy real furs, especially when the head of the animal is still attached and looking at you with plastic bead eyes. That really freaks me out and gets me more nauseous than a small rocking boat (I get sea sick easily…and likewise fur-sick). I don’t wear a lot of leather either, because the smell also can get me nauseous. I’ve been to tanneries in Morocco mind you…and the sickness of that smell remains with you. I feel really bad for those poor guys in those tannery pools. I really enjoy fake fur and skins though. Fabricated reality is very attractive to me.

What is your present state of mind? Lost, but hopeful. Ready to work.

Your fashion motto - If you were a vampire from the year______, how would you dress in the year ______?


Questions taken from Assouline’s The Fashion Questionnaire


Photo by Nick Haymes


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