Interviewing Our Cover Girl
Between sewing her own fashion collection, renovating her room, and getting ready to dive into architecture school, our cover girl - Juliette Gold's cover girl alter-ego - met me for an imaginary split-personality brunch the other day to talk childhood, goals, and other things people normally ask in interviews.
Note: As an advocate of unnecessary abbreviations [I'm too lazy to retype, and copy-paste doesn't feel genuine enough], I will now refer to my cover girl alter-ego as CV, and to my interviewer alter-ego as IAE.
IAE: Let's start from the very beginning. Where were you born?
CV: I come from the northern European-Russia. It's a seaport city, practically at the North Pole.
IAE: Brr! That must have been freezing! [I say, shivering].
CV: [laughing] There's an adorable joke about the weather. A guy asks his friend: "What did you do this summer?", and the friend replies: "Uhh I missed it! I was at work that day". The location has it upsides though; we were the first to receive gifts from Santa!
IAE: Oh wow, the move to Tel Aviv must have been a big change.
CV: Oh no! It was fun! We moved when I was six, and my parents made my childhood magical. It's something I can't thank them enough for. Even though we moved around quite a bit, and I've changed cities, schools, and friends, I've never felt sad or alone. Life has just been, and still is, a one big adventure.
IAE: That's so nice to hear! Are you still close to your parents?
CV: Still? [laughing] You make me sound old! And yes, we are very close! We spend a lot of time together. My mom and I even have "days of girly fun" every two-three weeks or so.
IAE: Adorable! Has your childhood influenced your decision to become an architect?
CV: In retrospect, I can say yes. My childhood revolved around changing cities, apartments, furniture arrangements, and atmospheres. So I can be artsy-fartsy and say that it inspired me to see the influence space has on a person. However, I was able to formulate lofty theories about architecture only when I was sixteen or seventeen, whereas I decided I wanted to be an architect when I was twelve.
IAE: Oh wow! That's an early age to pick such a serious career. How did you stick with the decision for so long?
CV: I'm a stubborn mule! [laughing for a while] Even though I have no clue how I thought of the idea, I know that I do love the field. I've always had. I've read a bunch of books, took some classes, and started seeing the idea behind it, the magic architecture has. So, referring back to the influence mumble, I now have a solid reason behind my choice.
IAE: And why did you decide to give fashion design a try?
CV: I see design as something universal, a complete picture of oneself, be it a person, a group or a society. Fashion design, in my opinion, is a statement of our character to the outside world. It's the first thing people pick up when they see us. And since I design for myself, fashion design is my way of communicating myself, and showing a glimpse of my personality to the outside world. Also, it's a fun experience, which I think would enrich my later work.
IAE: How would you define your aesthetic?
CV: Just as I define myself, "a work in progress".
IAE: That's enough work-talk for one interview, be it imaginary or real. Let's talk fun. What's your favorite pastime?
CV: Flânerie! [said with an awful fake-Frech accent] - the art of strolling. Walking around the city with no purpose, sitting at some small cafe and people-watching... Even being stuck in traffic has its magic moments.
IAE: Let's finish up with something sweet. What was the best advice you've ever received?
CV: There are two, actually. One is from my mom, to put a hundred percent into everything I do. And the other one is from my grandma, to be a lady.
Is there anything else you'd like to know?