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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.

Alix-Rose Cowie

Alix-Rose Cowie

Today I’m meeting Alix- Rose Cowie in Capetown, South Africa where she resides and works as photographer, editor and writer.  Alix-Rose's inventive and beautifully executed fashion and food photos have appeared in many prestigious publications including Hunger Magazine online, where I discovered her talent!  Follow her @alixrosecowie and see more of her work at alixrosecowie.com.  

 Hello, It’s Ann. It’s great to see you. Can I interview your closet?

What’s your favorite T-Shirt? Where and why did you buy it?  My favourite T-Shirt has a brightly coloured Lynnie Zulu illustration on it. It's from a collaboration she did with Monki. My best friend sent it all the way from Hong Kong for my birthday. 

Are you a sweater person or a sweatshirt person?  Sweater, although I do have a green vintage Lacoste sweatshirt with a blue crocodile on it that I might choose over a sweater. 

What did you wear on your last date? A printed wrap dress and strappy flats. 



How did the date go? What did you do?  It was the anniversary of my relationship with my boyfriend. We've been together for 10 years. We celebrated with a weekend on the West Coast of South Africa. On the Sunday we went to a restaurant called Wolfgat in Paternoster and ate things like sage-smoked mussels and dune celery ice-cream. Everything was made with unconventional ingredients from the area. 

What do you like to drink while getting ready for a night out?  Bubbles! Or on the other side of the spectrum: cheap beer. 

What music do you listen to while getting ready for a night out?  Little Dragon or something like it. Often a night out will actually just be a night in dancing to music in the lounge.

Where was the last place you traveled to?  The Philippines with a big group of friends. We found ridiculous flight specials which turned out to be a glitch on the airline's website. My boyfriend and I went to the islands of El Nido and Apulit on our own and then met up with the gang for some crazy days in Manila. The best night was in Little Tokyo where we ordered too much food at an Izakaya

What was the most important thing you packed?  My sister! Not really but she lives in China and flew in to meet me there which was very important. 

What was the most non-essential thing you shouldn’t have packed but packed anyway?  An oversized camel coat. It was hot!

What rules if any did you have about getting dressed when you were young?  I went to a school that had a uniform: a blue tartan skirt, white shirt, optional navy blazer and black lace-up shoes. We got to wear whatever we wanted on 'civvies days' which were usually for an occasion like Valentine's Day and everyone wore red.

What is the first item of clothing you bought with your own money?  A blue knit tank top with the words 'belly button' on it in tiny pink diamanté.  


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What is the biggest splurge or investment piece you purchased?  My round tortoiseshell glasses by Luca Gnecchi Ruscone (LGR)

Do you feel the investment has been worthwhile?  Yes. They're how I make my way through the world, recognize faces, take photos, read subtitles and avoid being run over. 

What is your favorite fashion bargain? How much do you wear it?  A rotation of plain black t-shirts which I pretty much wear every day. 

Who was your style icon as a youngster?  The Spice Girls, Paris Hilton & Nicole Ritchie, the girls in Guess ads art directed by Paul Marciano. I feel like I'm being more honest than I need to be. 

Who is one of your style icons now?  Laney Boggs in She's All That when she is still an art nerd and hasn't had a makeover yet. 

What do you wear when you work out?  Adidas running pants that I got from my boyfriend for my birthday once (???) and a grey hoodie with a patch on it that says 'Jurassic Patriarchy' by a Cape Town illustrator called Anja Venter. Or a little black dress and stockings for ballet. Both of these outfits are worn rarely. 

What do you wear to the grocery store?  Whatever is already on, most probably covered in one of two black duster coats that have become my uniform. 

What shoes do you wear when the weather is bad?  The weather doesn't get too bad in Cape Town so I can get away with sneakers on most days. A bad mistake was wearing Converse high tops in New York in January, the cold goes right through the canvas. 

What shoes do you wear when you want to show off?  A pair of black pointy stilettos with an ankle strap which I bought for myself when I turned 28 and first felt like a real adult woman who should own something like black pointy stilettos with an ankle strap. 


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What do you wish you had in your closet but don’t have?  Wild statement clothes by South African designers Sheila-Madge Bakker and Nicholas Coutts. Classic cut clothes by South African designers Hannah Lavery and Margot Molyneux. An Art Every Day cap from Poketo, Waif earrings, Prada sunglasses, white Nike Air Force 1s, and, and, and.

What do you have in your closet that you should throw away but still haven’t?  An old 'Comme Des Garçons' heart-with-eyes T-shirt (from Bangkok, make of that what you will). 

What’s in your closet that you inherited from another person and still like to wear?  A sundress with Miro-inspired creatures and squiggles printed on it that I got from my dear florist friend Emma. 

What is the best piece of clothing or accessory that someone else bought for you?  Adidas sneakers with black and white zigzags on them that I received as a brand gift when I was editor of Between 10and5.  A pair of terracotta clay earrings that Githan Coopoo made for me in exchange for shooting his range of ceramic jewelry. He made them clip-ons because my ears aren't pierced. 

What piece(s) of jewelry do you wear everyday?  A necklace and pendant from my dad, stackable rings by Oh Dear Megan. 

 Do you wear a fragrance?  Marc Jacobs. I should try something new but it seems like such an effort! 

Thanks for letting me interview your closet.  I’m glad I got to know you better too Alix-Rose.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your Githan Coopoo earrings?

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