Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pulling it all together

Since 2006, I've owned Diana Ferrone Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. The gallery specializes in mid-career contemporary artists. In addition to the gallery, I operate Poshthreads.com, the source for online vintage fashion since 2001.  In 2004, I was an executive board member of Fashion Group International of Los Angeles.  That year, co-event chair, Helene Tricarico Robinson and I organized "Is Los Angeles on the Global Fashion Map?", which won the coveted International Merit award for best event.

Prior to running art galleries, I worked as a model for many of the top companies in the West Coast Fashion Industry. I primarily worked as a swimsuit model, but also did fit, print, television, runway and showroom modeling.

For a long time I rued saying I was a model.  When I worked as a model I was afraid to tell people  because I feared that they would think I wasn't attractive enough (that might have been true, but I did work steadily), or people would monitor my eating (or not eating) or assume I was an idiot.  The truth is I learned so much as a model.  It has given me a great foundation for selecting and collecting vintage fashion.  Working behind the scene in the fashion design world has given me a discerning eye in terms of what "works" and what doesn't.  I really understand the nuances of garment construction, fabric and fit.  After ten years as a professional pin cushion, I can pinpoint exactly what is going wrong or right with someone's outfit and it takes me a bit of effort not to go over and adjust a shoulder seam, or be fixated on an uneven hemline.

In addition to my keen sense of style and aesthetics, I have a dark sense of humor and love to write.  I am also a bit of a geek (ok, a huge geek), future posts to contain style musings of my CES adventures and brief tenure as queen of a mini empire in a "Massively Multiplayer Online Real Time Strategy" game.  I've struggled for along time to keep all these qualities compartmentalize, out of fear.  Will anyone take a model seriously? Do art patrons have a sense of humor?  Can game geeks appreciate the construction of a vintage Thierry Mugler suit?

In an effort to take the bull by the horns, and for the sake of streamlining my life,  I am facing these fears and pulling all the disparate parts together here at "The Stylelogue".