Zana of Garbage Dress fame is a DIY kind of gal. Everything she creates, from her handmade harnesses sold on etsy to her ode-to-shoes video shot in an airport bathroom, leaves your mind astir with inspiration.
What drew your attention to blogging and convinced you to start Garbage Dress?
My relationship with the internet began back in middle school when I discovered a community of kids who made personal websites. From this I ventured into livejournal, where I kept a daily blog as well as posted in fashion communities. Right as I was finally slowing down with that whole LJ mania, I noticed the rise in blogspot popularity and found fellow livejournal posters (childhoodflames & dustydress among others) developing strong projects of their own. Just like how I all of a sudden decided to cut my hair short, I came to a flash decision that I needed to have an all-or-nothing blog. Garbage Dress was born.
You have quite lovely and intriguing hair. Can you go through the history of your previous hairstyles? And what was your thought process like when you choose your current hairstyle?
Well I’ve had crazy curly hair for my entire life. However before the age of 14, I didn’t know what to do with it, and neither did any hairdresser that I ever went to. For that portion of my life, I mainly wore my hair in braids or pulled back somehow. Ever since I learned that I could wear my hair down, I experimented with whatever seemed interesting at the time. A few years ago I met a girl who seemed excited to try more experimental cuts on my hair, and seeing that I had been butchering my own locks for the past years, I decided to give over all control to her. Over the years we went more and more asymmetrical – which seemed to suit me well. While I was in Berlin, my hair kept getting more massive to the point where the hot weather got really uncomfortable. One day I couldn’t take it any more and just chopped all of my hair off. Right now it is the shortest it has been since I was a baby.
Coming from the perspective of a complete colour lover I can only describe you and the colour black as being in a committed relationship (with the few understandable exceptions). What is it that makes you so allergic to colours?
I never intentionally stopped wearing colour – I really do love colours! However I am also extremely attracted to shape and texture, which are easier to play with when sticking to a dark palette. You can wear five black garments simultaneously and still maintain a fluid appearance, but if I were to wear five garments of different colours I would feel like a fool. This being said, I am ready to re-embrace the color red for wintertime!
What was the first thing you ever made? Which item of clothing was the most complex?
The first piece of clothing I made was a shorts-jumpsuit from a 70s pattern made in brown linen. Mind you, this pattern included a zipper, pockets, collar, interfacing, and topstitching. Maybe this was also the most complex thing that I sewed…
If your name ever comes up the things that come to my mind are black clothes, black hair, and dark lipstick. Do you consider yourself goth and what do you think of fashion labels in general?
From time to time I will throw around the label of “goth,” but this is mostly for playful nostalgia and to convey the sense of humour that I always have about my outward aesthetics. Personally, I find it impossible to associate with any sort of conventional label since my look is always evolving and growing through all sorts of diverse influences.
I can imagine that you had a very interesting life growing up. Do you have any siblings and how has the atmosphere of your family influenced your style throughout the years?
I had a fantastic childhood. I come from a very artistic, creative, and — most importantly — supportive family. No matter what I was interested in — from ballet, to snowboarding, ultimate frisbee, tae kwon do, painting, etc — my parents would encourage me to explore and flourish. I would definitely say that my mom is a huge style influencer, as her taste in clothing is impeccable. I have an older brother who is an actor, singer, and food aficionado, among other things.