Autie’s Rare Art Of Fashion Cinematography
New York is home to some of the most interesting people on the planet. It’s a city defined by everything that is weird and quirky with a burst of the most contagious liberal energy. Sure enough, with my endless escapades and unorthodox missions I was bound to find some of the most ingenious fashion designers hidden all over town. One such gem is Autumn Carlisle, and in today’s edition of Designer Spotlight I’m pleased to have her discuss right here on the blog, her brand (Autie), her work, her inspiration and her rare art of fashion cinematography.
“I am inspired by people who are crazy about their craft and the undying hunger to learn-…”
Autumn whose roots are nested in the small town of Mount Shasta, Northern California transitioned into the big city life, as she now resides in Brooklyn, New York. She’s worked for some of the fashion industry’s biggest design houses rounding up a list inclusive of names like Proenza Schoueler , Alexander Wang, Ann Demeulemeester and Helmut Lang to name a few. Now in her quest to lay her claim and leave her own mark, I’ve managed to get Autumn to answer some candid questions for Kezblogs, and her answers are as equally quirky and honest as her designs and artistic point of view. Here’s our question and answer session with video tidbits of Autie’s unique fashion cinematography featuring her beautiful designs.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in a small mountain town of 3,000 people in Northern California called Mount Shasta.
Q:What school did you attended?
A: I was homeschooled my whole undergraduate, which was quite a different thing then as it is now, but gave me the love of learning and self discipline. Following that, I studied fashion design in San Francisco at the Art Institute of California. It’s a bit too much of a For-Profit only situation, but I learned a bit. I learned a lot more outside of college.
Q:Who have you worked for and with?
A: In San Francisco I worked with menswear brands, a couture designer named Colleen Quen, and production heavy pattern grading company. Once I got to New York, I started with Proenza Schouler, then worked for at Alexander Wang, Ann Demeulemeester, Grown & Sewn, and Helmut Lang over the years.
Q:What are your goals concerning design?
A: To rock it. Learn to really design well, in all aspects– from the aesthetic, fit, quality, use of fabric, financial, sustainable…. It is a continual journey.
Q: What can we look forward to in the future of your brand?
A: I have real goals, far fetched aims, but I hope to surpass all of them. You will find out, but for now I just want to start with designing two women’s collections a year, producing a small and growing number, making relationships with buyers & customers. You will find out in time, just keep watching.
Here’s one of Autie’s Cinematographic videos featuring some of her fashion designs. This short film is entitled ‘SHOWER‘.
Q:What inspires you?
A: People and things not in fashion. Ha… seriously, but that doesn’t mean that the hardworking folk in the industry have never motivated or inspired me to be a better designer, worker, and the like. I am inspired by people who are crazy about their craft and the undying hunger to learn- chefs, filmmakers, furniture makers, accountants, writers, business owners. That curiosity is key. Of course there are visual and audio things that inspire me, but it stems from the people most of the time.
Q:Inform me a little about your creative routine.
A: I have had to learn myself and my energy throughout the day, to identify when I am feeling like problem solving, doing more repetitive/technical work, or pure creating. And there are creative aspects to so many tasks- even the boring ones. Then sometimes those creative spurts come when I can’t sit down and fully utilize it. Like when I’m on the subway, I have some of my coolest thoughts. I’m not sure if its because its a state of lucid thinking when you are slightly distracted and bored at the same time. So writing those down and making sense of them later, deciphering what was dumb and what is worth pushing forward.
Q:What do you want people to see or receive when looking at your designs (or even wearing them)?
A: I feel that fashion with a capital F used to be praised when the designers had some visual commentary on current life, or the future, and if I have that naturally, all the better. But I don’t know that I want to tell you where the future is going.
I want people to see and feel a good product that in turn, fuels them in whatever it is they are doing while wearing it. I would hope they would buy my products to keep for years, and when they look back, down the road, they see my pieces they wore in the chapters in their life and see how it either bookmarks their life or stretches overtime. I’d like to dog ear those pages for them.
Q: How would you describe your work in your own words?
A: It’s a clean mix between having a sense of humor and taking oneself seriously.
Here’s Autie’s short fashion film entitled ‘CHAIRS‘
Q: What was the inspiration behind the short cinematography films of your designs?
A: I can’t even remember now! Lets see, I wanted to understand a duality I saw in my personality which reflects in my designs. I had all these random ideas that I couldn’t execute in any other mediums, so I wanted to play. There were smaller other films I was inspired by, but all the pieces are from separate places, mainly within my brain.
The challenge is making is coherent when its out of your brain. Things happen, that you didn’t plan, or they look different because you are collaborating with other people and elements, and to keep the sensor on when it’s ok that it is different, and it improves the idea, or when its not quite right and you have to push for what you see behind your eyelids.
Q: Do you prefer fashion cinematography as opposed to still editorials?
A: Well they have very different uses and end purposes- you really can’t compare them equally. One is so instant, and the other is occupying in a sequence of time. You cannot see cinematography unless you let time pass. I like the investment a person has to take, be that 10 seconds, a minute, because it allows them to get to know me and my clothes more and sit within the thought. If they living overseas, they can see how the garment moves, and grasp its circumference around a body. It also very narrative which can be controlled or directed even more than still. And I love finding that fine line of it being ‘fashion’ but making you nearly forget you are watching, inevitably, an ad. Stills will always have their home and of course I love them!
Q: How has cinematography enhanced your marketing and general public projection of your designs?
A: Motion pictures are much more of a personal love for me vs a valuable investment into mass social glances. I think it adds another layer of dynamics to my brand and it’s web presence. But this is a new step and the first time I am edging these forward to the public, so that is to be determined. You tell me.
Q: What advice would you give to young upcoming designers like yourself?
A: Don’t get too comfortable in work- keep pushing yourself, and if you are really pushing yourself, you know it, because it will feel uncomfortable for a while as you grow.
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