Rockabilly cuteness by Shelley of Zombie Kitten!
How did your interest in fashion begin?
Subcultures were what got me into fashion. I love youth uprisings that have their own politics, fashion and music and their opposition to the values of the larger culture. There is so much passion associated with subcultures, and I found that very inspiring .
In addition, I enjoyed the style of fashion in the B-movies from the 50s-60s era. Those movies that featured bad girls with switchblades, all girl gangs and juvenile delinquents and were fun to watch.
What motivated you to start selling your designs and what were your expectations when you started?
I was a bit frustrated with pencil skirts that just did not fit like the ones I saw in the movies, and I felt that other gals were too. I really did not have any huge expectations when I started making Zombe Kitten skirts. This has ALL been very flattering and surprising to me. I still blush and get all shy when people come up to me telling me how much they love the skirts. I really never imagined my skirts would take off the way they have!
I have no formal training in fashion. My mother taught me how to sew. I do, however, hold a degree in sculpture. Deep down I am still an artist.
Is Zombie Kitten your primary job?
Zombie Kitten has become my primary job…it is an exhuausting job! I work 7 days a week about 10 hours a day.
How many people are behind the scenes at Zombie Kitten?
For years it has just been me flying solo…. however, I just hired my mom to help! YIPPEE!!
What are some of the best and worst aspects of being an independent designer?
Worst: Long hours, not too much free time, and copy cat “designers.”
Best: I have met some wonderful, generous models, photographers and a makeup artist that have all put in some super time, I am very thankful for them. I am also very grateful for my customers and their support. If it were not for them Zombie Kitten would not be.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
Horror, Hotrod and Sci-Fi movies from the 50s-60s era.
How would you describe your designs?
Quirky, kitsch, 50’s, horror, sci-fi….modern day juvenile delinquent.
Any advice for aspiring designers?
ALWAYS….Ask yourself: “What is NOT out there? What new thing can I bring to the table?”
Do you have any interesting hobbies?
I love going to car shows, I drive an old rusty 63 Thunderbird (that needs a BUNCH of TLC). I also collect Fire King mugs and bowls. I love going to galleries and museums and looking at Modern Art. Reading is a favorite pastime also.