In Chapter 5 of 10 in her 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, fashion stylist Lulu Chen answers "As an Artist, What Informed Your Decision to Choose Fashion Styling Over Fashion Design?" Chen gravitates toward magazines, stories, and editorials and, after many years working different part of the industry, chooses fashion design. She enjoys playing with the different designers' clothing and accessories and being able to use their colors, shapes, and textures as an artist uses a palette. She finds inspiration from designers who continuously produce new work.
Lulu Chen is a New York City based fashion stylist. Chen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree studying design and art history from the University of Michigan.
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Erik Michielsen: As an artist, what informed your decision to choose fashion styling over fashion design?
Lulu Chen: When I was younger I loved fashion and I didn’t know what part of fashion I really wanted to pursue, and then, you know, I definitely learned about – I worked in PR; I worked in sales; I worked in advertising; and I just always was drawn to magazines and doing stories and editorials. I guess what I love about styling versus just being a designer is I get to play with all of the different designers’ clothes. I get to play with all of the different designers’ clothing, and, you know, for me to do a whole world of different options. It’s a whole palette of silhouettes, colors, designs, shapes, ideas. There’s so much great design out there and so many great designers that that’s what I do. I get to play with all the different clothes and accessories.
Erik Michielsen: What have designers taught you about being a more effective stylist?
Lulu Chen: I think to keep looking for inspiration. I think they do an amazing job. They have to come up with – and now there are so many collections each year. There are so many. It’s not just a few. And they’re constantly producing new work, so that’s really inspirational just to keep producing new work, new thoughts, you know, or even I guess expanding upon what’s already there, you know, inspired by vintage things, but ultimately, I think they’re inspiring because they have to produce so many different collections in a year, and it shows you how to be resilient.