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

po box 414, palo alto, ca 94302-0414, usa

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