Alternate Reality

Although Athens is worlds away from New York, I can’t help but feel that I have been somehow reconnected with the fast paced frenzy of city living and the flashy world of fashion over the last few weeks.

As Creative Director of Thread Magazine, I have had a lot on my plate lately (as have all the other executives, members and of course the editor-in-chief). From scheduling photo shoots, to plotting out outfits, tracking down clothes to use and styling models, there has been a lot going on… And it has all taken me back to my days of interning at Harper’s and volunteering at New York Fashion Week.

Even though it has been tiring, I haven’t felt happier or more driven since I moved here. Just about everyone involved in the magazine has put their best foot forward and has overwhelmingly contributed their time and efforts.

I must admit that I wasn’t sure how quickly things would get off the ground with Thread, but I will be the first to say that we have successfully taken off at lightning speed! The organization has operated amazingly, even though there have been some rough patches to overcome. The professionalism I have witnessed over the last month has surprised me. I often find myself forgetting where I am, that I’m not in the middle of hills and farmland, but rather in a cool midtown loft studio shooting for high-end fashion magazine editorials.

So far, I have come up with on trend looks and styles concocted out of (more or less) the closets of fashionable college students. From men to women’s fashion, we have touched on a lot of different aspects and I’m so excited to be a part of it all.

The lights, cameras, models and photographers come together to create this nearly alternate universe of fashion; a microcosm of creativity and passion within the confines of southeast Ohio.

The photo shoot process is absolutely genuine, all the way down to the hair and makeup team and rolling racks filled with clothing options. I don’t know whether to be more surprised or more joyous about how everything has unfolded thus far. I feel like I am in my element and am exactly where I am supposed to be.

We have triumphed over every bump in the road and have hung on to the deadlines by our fingernails. Everything about this last month has been new, and now that we have the swing of things I can only imagine what we will be churning out for future issues. The events that have taken place thus far have gone by so quickly, like the yellow blur of a passing cab.

And it is admittedly a little sad once the lighting comes down and the models wave goodbye. The photographers pack up their equipment and the clothes are rolled away… When I walk back to load up the trunk of my Buick rather than catch the 1 train downtown – this is when I snap back to the ‘real world’.

It’s a fine line we are treading on. But between this other world we’ve created and the reality of our surroundings, it is here where I feel most at home.


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  1. Lori Vogt

    Oh my goodness Amanda, right on. Keep on truckin. The thread people seem to surely have a toehold on the future and their future careers!

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