We were so excited when we found someone just as obsessed with halloween and black as we were, so of course we had to get inside her head! We were so excited the first time we saw her collection at Milk studios this past fashion week. She’s quickly made her way onto our favorite designers list!
Do you start all your designs, or each collection by painting a picture?
Sometimes. Not always. I do always draw first, and try to make up a little universe.
Are there any other ways you draw inspiration?
The people around me, the places I go and the things I see; I usually just focus in on an idea early on in the season, and run with it — it’s always open, and my tastes are specific enough that it’s always something that’s mine.
Both your collection and your personal style seem to be almost completely monochromatic. If you had to pick a color to throw into your wardrobe (besides white or black) what would it be?
I like to do all white sometimes as well as all black but, it terms of a true color, my favorite is red.
Do you and Nikolay ever collaborate on designs? If not, is it something you would do in the future?
Of course we do.
If you could live in any era, which would it be, and why?
I would be my age now but in the 80s. Everything seemed more fun for some reason. Excellent movies, music, TV shows and commercials to say the least. And secret cultures.
When did the obsession with Halloween kick in?
I have always been obsessed with Halloween. Its been my favorite holiday since I was a kid. And candycorn has always been my favorite snack. Growing up, holidays were treated as huge events, and if there was an excuse to celebrate, we were celebrating! I get a sort of feeling about Halloween that I can’t really express in words.
What is your usual hair, and beauty routine? (Any favorite products?)
Luckily, I have extremely straight hair so I really don’t do anything to it other than comb it sometimes. I rarely wash it. My makeup is simple as well – just a little eyeliner and a few off-lines, gashes, and dots on my eyes.
If any fictional character were to wear your designs who would it be, and why?
Elvira – Mistress of Darkness. No explanation needed.
Do you have a muse when you design?If not, what type of person do you picture wearing Katie Gallagher?
I don’t. I try to make sure that when you break the looks up into pieces anyone can wear it — I’m pretty populist.
If you had to choose one kind of candy to eat for the rest of your life what would it be?
Do you have tattoos? If so, how many, and what are they?
I have two right now. I have a piece of candycorn on my right wrist and I have a Paul Booth jack-o-lantern on my left hipbone/thigh area. My third one is in the works — it’s another Halloween surprise.
How much does Sveater (your cat) weigh?
Twenty one pounds and he does have a larger waist measurement than me!