You actually started your career as an illustrator after studying Fine Art. Who were your biggest influences in the Art World?
I really connected to what the YBAs were doing at that time. I loved the rebellious showmanship almost anti-art attitude they had, but all the while brand that and selling it back to art! I paid a lot of attention to Tracey Emin, and actually got the meet her at the Oxford Union when she came to do a talk, we bonded and she invited me out for a bottle of wine, heartbreakingly I had to go back to work as I’d blagged an extended lunch break to go watch her talk!
How did you make the transition from Illustrator to stylist? And who or what influences your styling work?
Style and illustration for me during my uni days went hand in hand. My artwork was always costume based and I did my dissertation on branding, so style, performing, art and business have always been my main interests. I knew that the career of an illustrator was not for me, as I love people and interacting and communicating. When I moved to london I didn’t have a plan but to put myself outthere and get as much work experience as possible. During that time I sold my artwork, I worked as a publishers PA, I worked in tv production but it was the fashion assisting that took off. I think because I had such a natural sense of style, people presumed I was a stylist!
What person haven’t you got your hands on yet that you would love to style?
I love big pop icons, like Madonna and Britney, they are so iconic yet can adapt to so many different looks.
“Bitch I don’t twerk, I vogue!” – So I have to ask since you’ve worked with Miley Cyrus. What crew are you in? The twerking crew or the Vogueing team?
I roll in my own crew…the rave crew! I’ve been a raver from the beginning! Listening to Helter Skelter tape box sets till I was old enough to hit up free party’s and hit up Milton Keynes Sanctuary to go to Helter Skelter for real!
If you had to wear one label for the rest of your life who would it be?
That’s a really difficult question, because wearing one label would be asking me to define myself to not only the aesthetic but the ethos of someone/something else….. I’ve always had a style thats not easy to put in a category as I would hate to think that my personailty and tastes could be so easily defined.
Describe a day in the life of ALEXIS KNOX.
Fabulous. Hahaha, no really…. I do love life I must admit, but it’s not an easy thing, I think anyone in a creative industry will understand that it’s tricky to freelance, but it can be very rewarding. It’s also very hard to describe an average day, becuase it’s impossible to know what each week holds, in what location or project. That’s the magic of it I guess, the variety of it all!
Our next issue of DUPE is the Dark Issue. What would your dark inspired outfit be and what would you do in this outfit?
My dark outfit would be a cyber rave lycra number by one of my fave designers Dane 3001, and it would have light reflective material so if you tried to take a photos it would light refect and I’d look like a giant ord, kinda anti darkness as I’m more in the light crew!
So New Year, new places and faces. What fashion trends do you foresee being huge this year?
Cyber is on the rise, but don’t expect to be rocking it till 2015 I reckon. The 90s trend continues, 94-97 is big, looking like a chavvy raver is a must :D
Metal or Grime?
GRIME ALL DAY EVERY DAY!!!
House or Pop?
Power pop for sure
DnB or Disco?
OMG DnB till I die!
When and where are you playing your next DJ set? (Dupe wants to dance!)
I’m playing in Amsterdam at the Bungalup festival, it’s a cyber stage so that’s exciting! If you’re not in Amsterdamn hit up XOYO on Valentines, for Shorebitch, I’ll be playing in the Truth or Dare room :D xx