Heathermary Jackson is New York-based stylist and fashion director. She began her career in London in the 90’s styling for Dazed and Confused and i-D, and later transitioned to Fashion Director of The Face magazine. Over the span of her career she’s had the opportunity to collaborate with iconic photographers such as Peter Lindbergh, Cass Bird, Steven Klein, Terry Richardson, Arthor Elgort, and Patrick Demarchelier, to name just a few.
Today, Heathermary edits several fashion magazines and serves as the Fashion Director of Puss Puss Magazine and Fat Magazine. She also is Owner and Creative Director for Brownstone Cowboys, a vintage website that she has developed into an online and print publication.
Do you remember how you met Araks, and what is your first memory of her?
I remember thinking at our first meeting that Araks was small and had hair similar to mine and she dressed kinda boyish. I liked her laugh.
Can you tell us about your upbringing and childhood?
I grew up in Auckland New Zealand, and I am youngest of seven kids. In some ways that was good, but in other ways not that great. My sister and I did not get along even though she was closest in age to me; five years. I always wanted to be older when I was a kid. Now, I'm not that into it.
Where did you grow up? What were you into as an adolescent? What has led you to where you are today?
I studied musical theatre in London when I was twenty and ended up working part-time as a door person for a restaurant. That led me to an internship at a fashion PR company, so I was on the opposite side of where I ended up. After two months at Club 21 they offered me a job, but I declined as I wanted to assist a stylist.
What are you up to now?
I was just a guest curator for Fat magazine. It was a great experience shooting with Cass Bird, James Robjant, Alessio Boni and Janneke Van der Hagen. I am very happy with it, and it was a lot of fun. Currently I am working on curating the next issue of Puss Puss Magazine. It's an awesome magazine. It has a 'cat' theme; love!! I am a cat lady, always.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be in Les Miserable on Broadway.
What’s your favorite thing about being a stylist?
I love it when you get to work with people that inspire you. I like to work, and I like it to be fun, relaxed, and fast moving when I do. This is not always possible.
What is your favorite kind of job – studio vs. location / styling men or women?
It really all depends on the team. Sometimes it all just fits, and everyone has a great time while working super hard.
Is there a particular time period in fashion or a sub culture that you feel a special kinship with stylistically?
I love the seventies, always have; great music and style. And then there is the nineties. The mid-nineties, I think, may be my favorite time in fashion.
Can you tell us some of your muses through the years?
I've had my favorite girls over the years; Lindsey Wixson and Natalia Vodianova. I shot Natalia for The Face in the late nineties just after she had her first baby. Also, obviously Kate - she is a big influence on all women and men. I shot Kate Moss and Liberty Ross for my first cover. It was for Face Magazine and was also my first issue as a fashion director. That was in 2001 or 2002.
Do you have any favorite style combinations?
I love navy and black together. I love boyish style and mixing a Victorian cream and lace top with a favorite pair of jeans, great shoes, and a bag. That's it, done. For Summer, some tailored oversized Junya Wantanabe pants, or shorts and a boys white cotton victorian tux shirt. Leave it open in the back and pair with white leather flats by The Row. So perfect. I like a men's wear vibe. I always have. And a mix of old and new. A hoodie is my favorite thing. I have a Marc by Marc tan oversized hoodie from when he first launched it in what year? 1999? 2000? I can't remember, but I love it.
How do you stayed inspired?
I watch movies and look at lots of books. I can also get lost on Google searching for a specific person or artist. The street gives ideas sometimes too. Often an awesome looking old Chinese lady with all sorts of different florals. PJ dressing, I love it; and in Tokyo I love older mens' style. Very cool.
Are theres place you go / people in your life, that inspire you?
People in my life, yes. They all have their personal style. I like it, it's refreshing. I'm in Athens Georgia now. It's super hot, great to have so many trees.
How does your work influence the way you see the world?
I think it has made me more aware of how much excess and waste our industry generates. How many hundreds of seasons are there now? Too many to count.
Describe your style in three words?
Boyish, high, low.
Do you have a certain outfit that you love wearing, but that your partner or child dislikes?
My son, William, and I have similar taste. He did, when he was little, hate this Celine top I got in Paris. It was the one that was a print of a bark. William told me it made me look like a tree and he didn't want me to wear it.
What time of the day do you feel most energetic, and what do you do in those moments?
Around nine in the morning I have a coffee at Grumpies. I love the people who work there. We read the horoscopes that they cut out of The Post. Then, I read news stories to Lee if he is working and we make fun of Trump, or we are sad with some kind of sad and horrific news these days.
What is the best gift you have ever given someone?
Probably a gift I gave to my mum and dad. A proper coffee machine from Atomic. My mother used to love making proper coffee with foam on top. Her words...
What is a favorite gift you have received?
My necklace with charms: a heart that looks child-like and a 'W' and an 'W' charm. William gave it to me with some help from his father.
Can you share a favorite quotation, lyric, or line from a book or song that has stuck with you?
Hold me closer tiny dancer - Elton John...That's just what came to mind.
What is something that you feel is overrated? Underrated?
Pokemon-Go is overrated, and telephone calls are underrated.
Is there anything you can recommend to us?
Make sure to stop and see if you are happy with everything once in a while. I try to.
Favorite band you hate to admit that you love?
Must have before bed?
Some ice cold water
Can you tell us a joke?
What's brown and sticky? A stick.
What are your favorite Instagram accounts?
I love @mrgazoline @juergentellerspage @hellenvanmeene and @ed.templeton.
What is your favorite Instagram post that did not receive the love you think it deserves?
I have a few, but for me it is more about who likes my pictures and how many they like. There a few people who follow me that I love their Instagrams cause I do love tons of them. Anyway, when certain people like them I know they are good, haha.
Last time you took a photo on film? Or were in one?
William and I have been taking Polaroids. I think a picture of William was the last I took. I need more film though - note to self.
What was the last picture you took on your phone?
A picture of William in a Guns & Roses t-shirt in Athens, Georgia.
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