Women In Fashion: Zana Bayne
Her fetish inspired accessories are not to be kept behind closed doors. From leather belts to chokers and her much popular harnesses, her collection has impacted our closets. And with collaborations with Prabal Gurung and fans like Madonna and Chloe Sevigny, Zana Bayne has made quite the fashion mark. This leather crafter will continue to wow us with her intricate accessories for seasons to come.
What piece of yours can’t you live without?
When it comes to pieces from my collection, my personal supply is always in flux – I’m constantly selling off my own samples, or lending them out to special projects – I can’t allow them to become too precious to me. Its actually rare that I have time to make something for myself!
Who are your fashion influences?
Currently Thierry Mugler, Siouxsie Sioux, Rachael from Blade Runner, and Catwoman – sexy and severe.
What type of women do you see wearing your clothes?
One of my favorite things about being an accessories designer is being able to see my pieces worn and interpreted by so many different types of ladies (and gentleman too, but this interview is about women..), from prom queens to drag queens, blushing brides, party girls, business bosses, pop stars, etc.
Who’s your favorite woman in fashion?
I have so much respect for Ann Demeulemeester and the strong independent empire she has built around her aesthetic. She has achieved the difficult task of producing a line which has not only proven to be commercially viable, but has maintained its avante garde vision since the beginning. She has mastered fit, fabric, and fantasy – an Ann Demeulemeester show will truly transport you (in January we attended her FW13 menswear show in Paris and were almost moved to tears by the elegant men meandering down the catwalk to Nick Cave’s “We No Who U R” & “O Children”)
What’s the best part about being a woman in fashion?
Gossiping and talking shop with fellow women in fashion! I’ve had the opportunity to be surrounded by and collaborate with some of the most ferocious females in New York and beyond. I’m currently working on collaborations with designers Sally LaPointe, Norisol Ferrari, and Kerin Rose of A-Morir to name a few.
Cover Photo: Drex Dreschel
Photos courtesy of Zana Bayne