When you think about it, fashion and art are pretty much the same thing, right? They go hand in hand; fashion is art, art is fashion, and they both influence one another in limitless ways. This week’s Passionista proves that point. She’s an artist who finds inspiration for her own personal style in her passion for painting. What first caught my eye about her outfit was the mix of pieces you’d never really think to mix together, like her soft feminine sundress and the edgy tasseled cropped jacket. Two completely different fashion elements brought together to make something unique and meaningful for this artsy Fashionista.
Name: Ferrin McGinness
Year: Senior, Psychology
College Fashionista: How does your passion for art and painting influence your personal style?
Ferrin McGinness: I like to incorporate movement in my clothes in a similar way that I like to include feelings of movement in my artwork. I love to work with watercolors and I take advantage of the way the colors run and drip. Likewise, I love clothes that flow and move.
CF: Have you always loved art? Or is it something that you’ve recently found a passion for?
FM: Art has been one of my favorite things for as long as I can remember, and all of my initial childhood dream jobs were art related, like a painter or a fashion designer or something like that. I haven't pursued it as much as I do now until recently, though. I just started an Etsy site where I’ve been selling a lot of my paintings!
CF: Where do you find inspiration for your art, that eventually flows into your fashion?
FM: What inspires me the most are my own mood and emotions. My favorites works are usually dark colored or in some way unusual, or even make a viewer feel a little uncertain when looking at them. I try to demonstrate the way I'm feeling through a sort of surrealistic symbolism in my paintings.
CF: What’s a main staple in you wardrobe?
FM: I usually have at least one black item of clothing or an accessory in any given outfit. Black is classic, and it gives a bit of an edge to any outfit I wear.
CF: What do you consider your personal style?
FM: The best way I've ever heard my style described to me was “gothic hippie.” My style varies from day to day based on my mood. But I like to keep things edgy with elements of grunge, rock and gothic in unconventional combinations with feminine pieces.
How To: This is the ultimate mix and match Fashionista. To recreate a similar look, find pieces in your closet that you didn’t really think would go together at first glace. Think about textures, patterns and fabrics like an artist would, pulling inspiration from your mood and combining them in different ways. You might just surprise yourself with an edgy, sophisticated outfit different from anything else you already have.