November 07, 2011
stylist deborah mclean
Deborah McLean came to styling after 12 years of running her own business manufacturing homewares and fashion in Bali. Fifteen years on she has worked as a stylist in the USA and Australia. She is now based in Melbourne and has worked with clients such as Aura and Est magazine. Her blog is Busy Being Fabulous.
Which five words best describe you? Passionate, decisive, focused and a little wacky!
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? A close friend suggested 18 years ago that I should do styling. Since then I have been fortunate enough to have lived and worked in LA, San Fran and New York.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Always be friendly - you never know who you're talking to.
What’s your proudest career achievement? Shooting and styling for the Paris-based trend mag - Bloom.
What’s been your best decision? To start styling: it's perfect for me in every way.
Who inspires you? For me, more like "what inspires me" - things like colours and textures, beautiful graphic design, Scandinavia, Amsterdam, Paris and snow-covered architecture all make my heart sing.
What are you passionate about? Future trends, design and everything in between.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? So many where do I begin! Trend gurus like Nelly Rodi and Li Edelkoort, the amazing Alexander McQueen, Shirley Maclaine and Meryl Streep to name a few.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? I want to be a trend forecaster. It fascinates and excites me.
What are you reading? Every trend magazine on the planet!
images courtesy of deborah mclean