Stevie Dance’s story is pretty much a fashion industry fairytale.

Words by

Sinead Stubbins

Starting out as an intern at Russh magazine, Stevie worked her way up to being an assistant, then fashion editor and by the time she was in her mid-twenties, she was the editor of the magazine.

The rest of her resume reads like a call sheet of the coolest publications in the biz; she was a contributing editor to Oyster, is a freelance stylist for Vogue, i-D, Harper’s Bazaar and POP and is Tumblr famous for her own eclectic fashion sense.

We spoke to her from her home in New York about fashion lessons, moving abroad and the importance of blue jeans.

On going from an intern to the editor at Russh…
It was an extremely inspiring time for me. You know, I never expected that I would work in fashion. I was very eager at the time though, to learn new things  and when I started RUSSH it was edited by Charlotte Scott and Philip Scurrah was the fashion director – both with such brilliant imaginations. I found it a really engaging environment.

On the most valuable thing you have learnt working for Aussie magazines…
That determination and passion can overcome any lack of resources.

On starting the online zine Shop Ghost…
I wanted to have an outlet to express what I was into and what got me going that could live in its own space. I do it with my dearest friend Ana Ifould.

On looking for inspiration…
Music, firstly. On the street. In books. Good novels. My friends. The movies.

On the one thing in your wardrobe you couldn’t live without…
Blue jeans.  I wear blue jeans everyday.

On styling for different media outlets while still sticking to your guns and your own taste…
Taste is intrinsic. I think when you apply your eye to projects irrespective of what they are, your style comes through.

On dealing with people who belittle the fashion industry…
I don’t really absorb that sort of energy. I just like to stick at the things I enjoy and not worry about the rest.

On the advice you would give aspiring stylists…
Make the fashion secondary.

On what you miss most about Australia…
My family, really early morning swims, the jacarandas.


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