I’ve spent the majority of my career studying clinical psychology in the hopes of changing individual lives one by one. It’s still the driving force in my own personal and professional development, but I’m thankful to have other interests and passions to balance out the overwhelming work-life of a psychologist.
I’ve been an avid writer for as long as I can remember. I can credit my mother for being the most prominent figure in this area of my life as some of my earliest memories were of her encouraging me to write my little novels and makeshift books as a child, and she would read me bedtime stories every night without fail. I believe one of my first attempts to construct a fashion publication was when I was in elementary or middle school. The title of this first effort I called “Models, Inc.” The publication became defunct after 2 issues.
It was in my high school AP English class when I first entered the foray of analysis. The assignment was to analyze excerpts from John Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. From there, I was captivated by the study of the mind. And so began my first steps into psychology.
The thing that psychology lacks is an examination of popular culture. Rarely are there discussions or dialogue about the ways that popular culture influences or reflects our psyches. I’m currently taking a course that looks at the principles of fashion including its psychological, cultural and social aspects. I presented a slideshow on Missoni’s Fall line and my instructor commented on how the presence of multiple textures reflects society’s ambivalence about the state of our economy. To be honest, it seems there are many styles and silhouettes in the current lines that reflect our economic crisis.
Like many others, I was a victim of high school angst in the 90’s. I was one of the students who liked to keep a low profile, but my creative side always emerged in some way. My sense of style never put me in the spotlight and couldn’t really be defined, but I’ve always been interested in slightly odd fashion statements. To my knowledge, I was one of the few who sported velvet “jeans” which sparked comments from peers that I was “fashionable.”
To this day, my sense of style is still rather understated with a slight eccentric flavor. It’s only been recently that I’ve decided to take my love for fashion in a different direction. Instead of simply dressing up for myself, I want to experiment with sharing my ideas with others. My background in working in community psychology and wanting to work with women has a great influence in creating M. Klara. To me, fashion is just but one dimension of this website. But when you throw in critical analysis, cultural relevance and socially conscious flavors, fashion becomes style with substance.