Photography: Claudia McDade www.claudiamcdade.com
Models: Katrina and Nikoll @Major Model Management NYC
Wardrobe Stylist: Angelina Scantlebury
Makeup artist: Christopher Marcum
Hair Stylist: Katelyn Mcginn
Photography Assistant: Lina Lopez
FEATURED DESIGNER INTERVIEW MIMI PROBER OF MIMI NEW YORK
1. High fashion is always changing. How do you stay fresh and inspired?
My work is not necessarily based upon a traditional fashion perspective; I create one-of-a-kind couture garments handcrafted from antique textiles. I approach the creation process as an artist with a canvas with the individual textiles, details, and unique stories that never fail to inspire.
2. What textures do love to work with?
The antique textiles that I use are the backbone of my design process; my philosophy integrates using these handmade textiles, dating from the late 18th century to early 20th centuries, as a way to capture the artistry of the past and establish a sustainable future. The handmade details include a one of a kind and irreplaceable history. Lace, intricate hand embroidery, and antique
beadwork are common textures found in my pieces.
3. What are your words of wisdom or advice that you have been given that has helped you most?
It it is important to always have a strong vision and do what you love and are passionate about; that passion will be recognized and embraced by others.
4. Anyone mentor you? And what was the most valuable lesson they taught you?
Mentors have been an important part of this unique process and serve as valuable inspiration; from the initial professors who encouraged my work in school, to those that have embraced the building of my brand - I have been lucky enough to be recognized and encouraged by industry professionals, as well as continuous love and support amongst family. The one resounding word
of wisdom among all? Keep creating!
5. How do you keep your style ahead of the game?
Not looking at style in terms of trends, but rather emotion and art. It is an intuitive process paired with an artistic outlook, and creating from there.
6. What have you learned of most value with your experiences as a designer?
It is important to have an identifiable individual aesthetic and vision, which is translated into the work that you create.
7. What's the design process like for you?
My design process is very different than the traditional approach; all of my pieces develop organically, based upon the antique textiles that are uncovered. The draping process is very important, as I am working with antique textiles, where each individual fragment is evaluated and applied. The process is similar to creating a fine art piece; like a sculptural composition directly on
8. Describe your personal style?
Dark – and art focused.
9. What sparked your passion for design?
Love of fine art, history, and integrating that into a wearable form.
10. How did you build your career? (Steps, milestones, etc.)
Building a career has been a labor of love and gradual process; building relationships, networking, and maintaining my commitment to my philosophy and aesthetic quality have all played an integral role in my development as a designer and atelier. I have had the honor of exhibiting my pieces in a New York City museum, showing during NYFW, and have been recognized both nationally and internationally through various publications and creative
editorial teams. I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from inspiring creative individuals who share the same passion – and connect with my vision. I look forward to seeing what the future holds!
11. What would readers find most surprising about you?
I love animals, especially cats, and have fostered and rescued many – although maybe that is not surprising to some. :)
12. Words to live by