Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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".