Karina Griffith is a Carribean Canadian with a Bachelors in Journalism (ehem, BJ!) and a Masters in Feature Film. She came to Berlin in 2004 to produce a short documentary for the Berlin Today Award. In 2007, she came back to stay, and started working in the designroom for a German fashion brand, scouting trends and curating collections. Since then, she has been trying to make sense of the switch in her blog, www.filmisfashion.com. When she’s not pondering the connection between mode and movies, she plays soccer, practices turkish at the corner bakery, learns guitar and yes, she still makes short docs. For us, she put together an awesome show about fashion in the 1960s. Since she's awesome, we asked her to answer a few of our questions about her connection to fashion...
NAmag: How did you get interested in fashion? Is there a story there or did it just happen organically?
My mother is such a stylin' clothes horse. Looking at old pictures of her back in the day, I fully understand my current love of fashion. I remember going to the mall (sometimes more than one) with my mom and my sister almost every saturday...it sounds horribly suburban and materialistic, but looking back, my mom needed a sort of passive way to spend time with her two pre-teen daughters, and get us out of the house so my dad could cook dinner.
Actually, he was also an instrumental figure in my early fashion education. Every month, my dad would buy the latest issue of Seventeen magazine and hide it somewhere in the house for me to find. Can you just picture this big black dude at the cash register with a teeny mag every month?! What a sweetheart.
Later, when I moved to Berlin, fashion magazine were a great way to learn German. Bold headlines and lots of pictures...I've always loved the curatorial aspect of 'zines. It's something I try to bring to www.filmisfashion.com
NAmag: What is it about fashion that excites you? Is it something cultural and/or personal? Or is it something aesthetic about fashion itself?
Not to get all religious on you, but in the first book of the bible, when they talk about original sin, the first thing Adam and Eve do when they acquire knowledge and mortality is reach for some twigs and design the very first outfits for themselves. The original Project Runway! So right from the beginning, we were communicating with each other through clothing...and fashion reflected politics and social beliefs. (GOD: "what are you wearing?!")
We all have a moment of creativity when we wake up and adorn ourselves to face the day.
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