People in Fashion: Celestine Cooney

celestine cooney(above) Photograph by LUCY CARR-ELLISON for As You Are Magazine Words by Elizabeth Pollard

Fashion director of Twin magazine, freelance magazine editor, film maker and, of course, the best fucking stylist in town. To say I have a girl crush on Celestine Cooney is more than an understatement.

Growing up in Dublin, Cooney didn’t necessarily know what a stylist was, let alone have the ambition to be one. But after being spotted for how she dressed, she was asked to style to a shoot for a magazine in Dublin which they ended up putting on the cover. The rest, as they say, is history.

“I dropped off my portfolio to Dazed one time when I was visiting friends in London with no appointment, no label, no nothing and it ended up with Nicola Formichetti, who asked me to come and work for him. So I moved to London and worked with Nicola at Dazed for a couple of years before going out on my own.”

Cooney is now working with some of fashion’s most exciting designers like Simone Rocha and Preen, but it’s hard to imagine how a stylist can influence an industry so much if a collection already has such a definite direction. Cooney’s work is exemplary though. She has lead the trend for an androgynous cleanist aesthetic but with such femininity you can recognise her work the second you see it.

After studying film at university, Cooney has recently returned to film-making with her first fashion film for SHOWstudio as part of a collaborative project called PUNK. Her aesthetic lies somewhere between Sophia Coppola and Dazed and Confused, much like her styling; dreamy but with a hard, British edge.

Celestine Cooney; Simone Rocha Celestine Cooney; Simone Rocha Simone Rocha AW13

Celestine Cooney; New York Times

New York Times

Celestine Cooney; Twin Magazine

Celestine Cooney; Twin Magazine

Celestine Cooney; Twin Magazine

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DRAW IN LIGHT; Celestine Cooney

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