I had the greatest privilege to interview one of my favourite lookbookers of all time. Theres something extremely fascinating about the way Isabela documents her style, from her intriguing photography to her playful edits.
Your style is very artistic and conceptual, what’s the story behind it?
I don’t know if there is a story behind it, but I shall say, now that I look back the purpose is to keep a record of thoughts and ideas were clothes and photography play an important part in the self- exploration. I created this photographs with the pure intent to record moments in my daily life.
Where do you buy your clothes?
I get my clothes from a wide range of places; I look for items that tell a story. The huipiles, are embroidered blouses woven by Indigenous women, which contain the collective heritage carried down through the different indigenous communities, their beliefs, symbols, rituals, and myths. Seen in the photos: Rio Negro Llora Sangre, Happy Doll, Apron, Crecer. Caer. Celeste. This being said, I’m still learning about the complexity of the Mayan culture.
Your photographs are incredible, do you have a project behind each one?
Well, I’ve definitely a theme or something I want to say behind each one. I’m constantly trying to be honest and letting the creative process take me wherever it needs to. I don’t particularly know or rationalise what I am doing or where it is going, and I think it is better not to think about it too much.
What inspires your style? Surprisingly, I don’t read and know much about fashion and the fashion industry. Most of it comes from my own personal experiences, the relationship with nature, and my feminist readings, which influence my outlook. What is fashion to you? This is a very hard question, because my relationship with fashion, has and still is changing as I grow and explore. I’ll probably give a different answer in the future, but for now I’ll say that it is a practice carried by individuals who develop their own language through clothes.
If you could give advice to someone who’s having a fashion crisis, what would your words of wisdom be? One should get rid of the term fashion crisis. If you let go of the social constructs and the voice of other people’s opinion, you’ll begin to focus on your own thoughts, on your own ideas, and start to develop your own language.
I don't know about you guys but this interview has truly struck me in a way I can't even describe.
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