Don't know about you, but I've always wanted to be a fashion editor.
Things didn't quite work out that way. Hunching over boxes and sweating while unpacking shirts or Windexing fingerprints (or worse) off mirrors while toiling in retail does not a fashion editor make. I did manage, however, to accumulate enough clothes, bags, and shoes to make up a wardrobe that some might say was fashion-editor-esque, but that was as close as I ever came to being an insider in the fashion world.
But there's a key difference between being me and being a fashion editor: Most editors are awash in freebies—clothes, make-up, shoes. Me? I paid for everything I wore and had the bills to prove it. Nothing's changed much for editors either. You can still find people begging editors—like Eva Chen of Lucky—on Instagram to take free stuff. FE might as well stand for Fashion Editor AND Free Everything.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't jealous.
After reading a Q & A in today's NY Times with Andre Leon Talley, former editor-at-large at Vogue who is currently overseeing an exhibition of designer Stephen Burrows' work at the Scad Museum, I am now feeling worlds better about my lot.
He talks about how, essentially, we are all the fashion editors of our own lives:
Q: How has your experience as an editor helped you as a curator?
All of life is editing. I always say that. Everything in life is about editing, whether it is editing your food, editing your clothes, editing the flowers, editing your room, editing your time. I approach curating the way I approach editing. It's a simple process of elimination, coming up with an idea and not changing it that much...
See, you're a fashion editor, I'm a fashion editor—wouldn't you like to be a fashion editor too?
Thanks, Andre, but I'd also still love some of those freebies and swag.
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