"Looking at issues that matter to you personally, and advocating for yourself and for your community and issues that matter most to you is really the most fashionable thing that you can do."
PS: I wanted to talk a little bit about the US election ahead. As a designer, how has this affected your creative process and what is top of mind at this moment?
BM: I don't think about it during my design process because I'm a designer as a job, but it's not who I am as a person. It doesn't play so much into my work. I've always been very active in encouraging voting — as it is so important. For me it's not to say who you vote for, (but if you know, you know). For me it's about taking the power in your own hands and going out and making the most responsible choice that you can make, which is to vote. I just remember voting for the first time when I was 18 and how incredible that made me feel.
I'm so inspired by so many different young groups of people. There's this one group called OneMillionOfUs that is really encouraging young people to get to know issues, not only at federal level, but in their school system. To really encourage young people, especially voting for their first time to understand how a vote can trickle down and affect their day to day life. I think that that is so important. Looking at issues that matter to you personally, and advocating for yourself and for your community and issues that matter most to you is really the most fashionable thing that you can do. I always feel proud to vote. It's one of the greatest rights that we have, and it's a right, that not everyone had. We cannot just forget that.
Above: Oprah presented at the 2018 CFDA Awards, wearing a dress by the designer.