Jaime Kay Waxman, Fashion Stylist Interview
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What stylist/photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?
Derek Ridgers, Danny Lyon, Diane Arbus, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel Peter Witkin, Peter Beard, Gerhard Richter, Inez & Vinoodh, Nan Goldin, Sarah Moon, Philip Lorca diCorcia, Araki, Corinne Day, Pierre Molinier, Mario Sorrenti, Hedi Slimane… In no particular order.
Reference and research; I think spending time finding out who your character is gives a story noticeable depth and keeps your narrative concise.
What sort of impact do you think digital has on styling?
Research. I hear a lot people complain about Instagram and overwhelming digital content in general, but I think it’s an invaluable tool for research, discovery of new artists, talent, etc. It’s an incredible asset.
We are in a moment of extreme change. I think we often forget fashion is first and foremost a business, so it will continue to evolve as such. Technology has had an immense impact on fashion and in turn styling. Print media is tapering off, but I think the exclusivity and romance of print will hopefully remain intact. That however sadly comes second to selling clothes.
A thoughtful one; I want to have one foot in fashion, one foot in art. I want images I participate in to have a sense of intelligence.