meganhessreducedThis is my interview with Megan Hess.

What is your earliest memory? First discovering to draw as a little kid. I still remember that feeling of crayons on the page.

Who do you find inspiring? I have always been very inspired by the artist Erte. What I loved about him is that he completely ignored all fashion trends and created his own world of fashion images. He was so original. Most of his work was quite simple in black and white but every image created drama and a sense of escapism. He put Fashion Illustration on the map and he will be forever my biggest inspiration.

What was the most interesting thing you discovered when writing this book? That people often don’t realise how much of their personal style is reflected in their interior space.

What was the best thing about writing this book? Just being able to combine my two passions – fashion and interiors – into one book.

What was one of the best things that happened because of this book? The amazing people I met and places I visited while researching this book.

Who do you really admire? There are many people I admire for many reasons, but the person I admire most right now is Malala Yousafzai for her selfless struggle fighting for the right for girls all over the world to receive an education.

What are your favourite products? My Montblanc bespoke pen that I have affectionately called Monte. My Paspaley pearls. A treasured gift given to me by this renowned Australian pearl company after working with them on one of their campaigns.                                                                                                           The Dress - portrait

What was your last great belly-laugh? Any movie involving Melissa McCarthy.

Do you collect anything? I collect Timothy Richards’ beautiful architectural models. I first discovered his work in Bergdorf Goodman many years ago and have been collecting his pieces ever since. I also collect Fornasetti and vintage fashion illustrations.

What are you working on next? I am just about to release my new print collection, which I have been working on for some time. It is inspired by a collection of couture dresses.

Read my review of ‘Fashion House’ here, my review of ‘The Dress’ here and my review of ‘Coco Chanel’ here.

Buy copies of ‘Fashion House’, ‘The Dress‘ and ‘Coco Chanel‘.


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