“I like to feel fancy but also ready for action and fun,” says artist and designer Jordan Piantedosi, whose personal style is as colorful as her paintings, comics and textiles, which range from painted leather to prints adorned with octopi and ribald Disney characters. She’s a frequent collaborator with Project Runway champ Erin Robertson, but the often paint-splattered Piantedosi notes, “I don’t wear my own art because I’m kind of a slob.”
Her look in a few words: Gender blender fashion clown.
Sources of inspiration: Paintings, comic books and video games.
On her style vs. her art: Although the clothes I wear are artistic, they have to take a lot of abuse. They have to be wacky and kind of durable, usually with a busy and colorful pattern that will mask the paint that gets on me while I work. The clothes I help make are more like fine art.
Shopping philosophy: I don’t go for fast fashion anymore because it’s bad for humans, but I’m still thrifty. I like secondhand—good for my wallet and the environment too.
How people respond to her look: I refined my look carefully to appeal to women, children and those who are currently hallucinating. People are usually nice to me.