When I was a little girl, I began to collect things like any child would. But unlike most kids who were collecting Beanie Babies or Pokémon cards, I collected fashion magazines. I was a starry-eyed girl who was captivated by the designs of such creative minds. These magazines were storybooks to me. I would gaze upon the glossy pages to study the world’s fashion trends and become inspired by the beautiful images. Even throughout my travels, now as a young adult, it is a must that I pick up an issue of Vogue produced by the country I visit. In my collection so far I have Vogues from Paris, Italy, Australia, Turkey, Greece, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and America. The combination of collecting fashion magazines, studying art history and making hundreds of collages, is how I fell in love with visual culture and its connection to fashion. Even when I’m listening to music, I somehow turn it into a visual experience by imagining a music video in my head — from the location of the shoot to what the artist is wearing. To me, fashion is an art form. It has the ability to tell hundreds of tales of magnificent people, lands and cultures.
My name is Monika Markovinovic and I’m a senior at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. My love for music, contemporary art, cafes and photography balances perfectly with my Communications and Visual Culture & Performance studies double major. As you have already read, I adore fashion and the world surrounding it. I grew up in Calgary, and, let me tell you, it was no fashion capital. Calgary is one of those cities that can have four seasons in a day: sun, wind, rain and snow. Fashionistas in Calgary braving the winter and spring weathers are often spotted in high-collared fur coats, knee-high boots and chic black toques (for those non-Canadians, that’s what we call a beanie). Living in Vancouver now for its university is a nice change — a more alternative style is rocked in this city.
I have no idea how I would describe my style, but I’ve always loved mixing masculine trends with the most feminine pieces. Think a little black dress paired with oxblood Dr. Martens combat boots. For the most part, I’m very influenced by British and Scandinavian street style. This past summer, I interned at a modeling agency in Calgary and in October, I had the pleasure and honour of joining hundreds of other Fashionistas and Fashionistos in New York City for Teen Vogue’s Fashion University where I was completely captivated by my peers and the phenomenal fashion energy around me (my idol Alexa Chung was there, oh my god).
I am so thrilled to be a part of the CollegeFashionista team this semester! I’ll be writing for the STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK column every Monday. Being a part of a community of fashion lovers is truly inspiring and I can’t wait to capture the trends of some of SFU’s street style stars and see what other university students from around the world are wearing.