She has been named one of the Top 10 Costume Designers in Australia. And has also done track work with legendary horse trainer Bart Cummins. Talk about variety! But I know Kathy McKinnon for her styling work. Her elegant Sydney home will soon be featured in real living magazine. For now, though, enjoy these examples of her work, and her interview.
Which five words best describe you? Creative, driven, adventurous, energetic, athletic.
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? I started off at Paddington markets selling clothes that I designed. Then established a streetwear label called Status Symbol and opened retail outlets. During that time I started styling on commercials and music videos. I was thrown in the deep end, my first job as a stylist was with director Alex Proyas. I loved the creative challenge, it was fantastic. I now work full time as a stylist.
What’s your proudest achievement? Lots of things, not just one single thing; riding track work for Bart Cummins, competing in ocean swims, representing Australia in the Commonwealth and Edinburgh Festival in costume design, having my designs in the permanent collections of the National gallery and the Powerhouse Museum, designing and developing my house and other properties.
What’s been your best decision? My career as a stylist.
Who inspires you? My partner, Richard.
What are you passionate about? Friends, family, food, great art and design.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? Live life to the fullest.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Gandhi.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? Living a long and happy life.
What are you reading? The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag.
Images courtesy of Kathy McKinnon