Elizabeth Parks Kibbey is the curator behind Collection, a thoughtful, ever-involving vintage line. We spoke to her about inspiration and work essentials.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
I have a very diverse work history: I’ve done everything from investigating police misconduct in New York to teaching middle school in San Francisco. Collection is very young, but in the short time I’ve been in business I’ve noticed how all of my seemingly disparate professional and life experiences have prepared me to do what I’m doing now. On the to do list: figuring out how to incorporate social justice into selling vintage clothing.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
Absolutely. Living in different cities on different coasts made me acutely aware of how the way people dress varies city to city and state to state. While I like to think that Collection has a bit of a New York sensibility, I’m an LA woman, and when I look at clothes for Collection I always challenge myself to imagine them in a Californian context. Ironically I picked up my Levi’s obsession in San Francisco, the brand’s birthplace. I never really wore jeans before I lived there.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Vintage fashion magazines and fashion photography books. I love to research. Durga scents and candles. A camera.