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Interview with Famous Illustrator Kelley Shields

1. Tell me about yourself:

I am a design creative with many years of experience in the apparel industry. I have two daughters. I live with my husband, children and our dog and cat in Long Beach, NY.

Wearing Zara (from IG post on @themodernsikh)

2. How you start illustrations? I would like to know your success story:

I’ve loved drawing for as long as I can remember and I found fashion to be a very natural outlet of expression for that passion. I went to Parsons and on graduating for many years my focus was primarily design, but now I am focusing my energies on illustration.

3. Style is what for you?

Style is a deeply personal form of expression. Values enter into all our choices on some level, which means that style is a blend of not only what appeals but also what matters to us. What we project in our personal appearance can speak volumes.

Wearing Onitsuka Tiger sneakers (from IG post on @uglyboyblog)

4. Which brands you work before for mens?

I designed menswear at Armani Exchange for six years in the 90’s. I also designed womenswear for many years. All throughout my design career I have illustrated both my own and other designers’ work.

5. What will your future projects?

I miss designing menswear–I really enjoyed it! With experience designing both men’s and women’s the satisfaction I derived from each struck very different chords. The restraints in menswear were actually liberating for me compared to women’s where at the couture level, which I loved, there were no limits which means the canvas can feel huge sometimes in a way that is intimidating. In menswear fewer risks are taken with fabrics and silhouette, at least in the mainstream, and so as a designer you are required to be creatively expansive without the benefit of extravagant textiles and fantastic forms. Oddly enough for that reason I loved designing menswear. I could see myself returning to the design end of the industry one day and if so, I’d like to do mens.

Wearing Supreme New York and Vans sneakers (from IG post on @hypebeast)

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Written by Marshion Style

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