An interview with Corinne Salter. A visual artist, a designer, a mathematician, a dancer and so much more
Jordan: What is fashion to you?
Cori: Fashion to me is an expression of who you are and who you want to be. You can use clothes, shoes, accessories to show people who you are. It’s kind of like a window into other people, even myself.
Jordan: What inspires you fashion wise?
Cori: It changes like every month I’m like on a different wave. Right now, I take a lot from Bella Hadid, Rihanna always and I am a lover of Pinterest; finding random outfits, pictures and a lot of different aesthetics going through my head. One day I’m like let me wear all black like a punk rocker and then another day I’m like let me wear this pink skirt. Designer wise I like to look at Dior, Chanel, those are the types of moods and look books that I like to look at because I’m really into high fashion, runway, 90’s, 2000’s
Jordan: Where do you see yourself in the next 10-15 years?
Cori: I see myself in New York or Los Angeles. I’m really into math and business. I see myself working in that facet but then I also do want to continue the art and custom shoes; it’s just a lot harder to make it financially. But I also have this pipe dream of being Anna Wintour and working at a high fashion magazine. I’ll just see where it takes me.
Jordan: Is it hard being an artist and managing school, work etc.…
Cori: It definitely is! It’s a little bit hard to manage schedule wise because you do school and you do work and you’re so tired and no one wants to stand up in front of a canvas or hold a shoe when they’d rather be sleeping. It’s all about time management, and when it’s something you really want to do you make time for it.
Jordan: If you could have dinner with your favorite designer who would it be and what would be the first thing you ask them?
Cori: This is a cliché answer but Coco Chanel and I would ask her how she stayed creative while indulging in the little black dress or the simplistic white.
Jordan: Do you think being a teenager and young has a large impact on what you do?
Cori: Definitely. I had a bit of a struggle when I first started in finding what my art was worth because when you’re doing stuff for older people who are 40, 50 years old you don’t want to come to them with a price of 200 dollars. But once I started proving to myself and other people that my art was special and well done, I realized that to them it won’t matter how old I am because they got what they wanted.
Jordan: Any advice for people like yourself in terms of starting something like this?
Cori: I would say be consistent and persistent. Because you automatically see these successful people like youtubers, social media stars making millions off of their craft and art. But what you don’t see is that it didn’t start that way, it takes months years even to pick up something like a self-made business. Get yourself out there, you may have to do certain things for free but it’s all worth it in terms of getting your name out there and getting experience under your belt.
Jordan: What are your next steps towards expanding your brand?
Cori: I am working on getting my shoes on influencers and bigger names, so people can recognize them. Expanding in that sense. But I do like for it to be more so of a hobby or side thing.