Beauty

I recently wrote the following for an interview and wanted to share it with you. I welcome your comments. 

 

Not your typical fashion designer, I was a successful entrepreneur in the biomedical sciences and was never satisfied with the clothing available for purchase. Too sexy, too young, too short for work. 

At the age of 53, 2007, i went back to school and earned my MFA in fashion & Textile design. Here I still found the same problems, the stores didn't want to buy anything related to the working woman. at one point i thought it was a conspiracy to keep women from advancing professionally.

Now, i am designing for "my" woman and selling directly through my own shop, online, and a partnership with the local Four Seasons Hotel. Reading Deborah Rhode's book The Beauty Bias enlightened me on the statistics. My research leads met to do the following. 

- Sell directly to women

- Talk with them.  I am recording Google Hangout conversations with several women as we discuss beauty, the biases, the fashion industry. We'll edit them into 2 minute clips and publish them eliciting discussion. soon, we can have live online conversations. 

- List policies on my website on my values, including  how we use photoshop. 

- we believe that beauty is expressed by a woman's intelligence. It's inherent in all women, we want to be trusted that we will never objectify women. 

Camilla Olson

Camilla Olson designs for the modern professional woman. Camilla Olson worked her way through college at the U of MD Medical School, shifting to industry for 8 years post graduate. Once learning about Wall Street she invested as a VC for 4 years and then made her move to the entrepreneur side of the table, on the founding team of 5 companies, Later she earned her MFA, Fashion & Textile Design from Academy of Art Univ, cum laude. Honors include: designs on the NY Fashion Week Runway; Alumna of the Yr, Best Reinvention, Born: Fairbanks Alaska. B.S. microbiology University of Maryland MBA marketing Fairleigh Dickinson University. Awarded two U.S. patents. MFA fashion & textile design, Academy of Art University