Today's interview is with bewareofdogma. There's no denying the uniqueness of how she styles her sets. Dark, yet mystical, bewareofdogma has turned her industrial fashion sense into a form of art...and to be honest, we're quite captivated by it. Peek into her world...
Here are some of her sets:
Tell us about yourself.
i am 27. i believe anything is possible but always expect good things. i grew up in romania in a town surrounded by mountains and for the past 8 years made a new home in a mega u.s. city on a gorgeous lake shore. i studied architecture, currently work for a non-profit organization and dream of opening an etsy shop. i don't make plans too far in advance because all i really have is today. pther than styling (which is probably obvious considering the countless hours i spend on polyvore), here are some more things that make me happy: interesting people (all people), cooking, skydiving, mountains, all things japanese, languages, metal (good music in general), making things with my hands, not mixing lower case with capital letters.
Describe your sense of style/fashion.
the sets i create on polyvore speak volumes on my sense of style. every single outfit that i put together on polyvore is something that i would undoubtedly wear in real life. i basically design for myself and with much flexibility to account for any number of moods, from "today i feel like curling up on the couch and getting comfy with a good book and many cups of tea" to "today i am a destroyer of worlds, rocking out to 80's swedish metal." as is the case with a lot of my polyvore styling, when i get dressed for real life, i like customizing. many of the clothes i wear are either made by me, or thrift store finds that i deconstruct and rebuild to suit me, or customize. and i make my own body jewelry. i always keep it simple and comfortable, while trying to have fun with it. i love to use clothing & accessories as a form of art expression.
Are there any particular fashion trends that you've been seeing people wear in Chicago right now?
unfortunately i find that trends trickle down to chicago rather than originating here. there doesn't seem to be much interest in fashion or styling, but i did notice a few harem pants, chunky heels and thigh high boots with the trendier crowd.
How did you discover Polyvore?
crazy random happenstance. if i remember correctly, i was looking for a difficult to find designer and happened upon polyvore. needless to say, my life would never be the same. ;)
Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why. What do you like about Polyvore?
i use polyvore as a source of inspiration and aesthetic exercise. there are many reasons to love it. first, the amazing community, wealth of creativity and originality are just mind blowing. for me it is a simple and straight forward tool for creating inspiration collages. it's something i always had an interest in doing, but polyvore makes it incredibly easy. and let's not forget the thrill of discovering new and inspiring designers, and talented polyvore stylists.
Describe your set creation process. Where do you get inspiration for your sets? How do you pick a theme? How do you find your items?
my inspiration is usually a single item. whether it is an exciting piece of clothing, a painting, an editorial or even simply an interesting texture. everything else is built around that one item. sometimes i challange myself to group contests that are intriguing and provide an interesting theme for my set: such as steampunk, cyber punk or mythology. i try to keep the theme as inspiration rather than letting my outfit become a costume. it usually takes half an hour to an hour to complete a set.
What are your favorite online stores and designers you like to clip products from?
some of my favorite designers are: ann demeulmeester, rick owens, haider ackermann, rad hourani, rodarte, alexander mcqueen, sharon wauchob, comme de garcons
not that i can afford to shop there, but i love these shops: luisa via roma and la garconne
one of my favorite sites to clip from: daily poetics (gorgeous art jewelry and objects you never dream could be so beautiful)
What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?
this was surprisingly difficult. these are my favorites today:
i like this one because it came together effortlessly and it's a perfect every day outfit:
another quick one. one of my poly-friends suggested this would make a great first date outfit. i agree:
perfect for wearing while being an executive mischief consultant:
Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?
all the adjustments you have been making are very helpful. i would also love anything that will further help with managing closet items (sorting by type or color, or being able to put them in separate folders). a rotating tool would be very useful in the editor. but really, thank you for the great job you are doing! i am very grateful for the amazing force that is ployvore.