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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.

Bianca Cook

Bianca Cook

Today I’m meeting Bianca Cook in Panama, Ciudad de Panama. Bianca is a model and actress and I found her because of our shared love for fringe, Versace and travel! Follow Bianca's glamorous travel and castings @biancajasmine

Hello, It’s Ann.  It’s great to see you.  Can I interview your closet? It's great to finally meet you! Please, be my guest! 

What’s your favorite T-Shirt? Where and why did you buy it? A Nirvana tee my bestie's cousin deconstructed in her backyard while we were visiting in the Dominican Republic. I'll treasure it forever! 

Are you a sweater person or a sweatshirt person? Definitely sweaters. The right cashmere sweater can go from cutoffs to black tie. 

What did you wear on your last date? A black Colombian swimsuit with cleavage in all the right places from The Hype Panamá. 

How did the date go? What did you do? We went to Playa Bonita, a beach a half hour outside of Panamá Ciudad. It was awesome. Got some r&r, drinks and took a dip in the warm Caribbean water. 

What do you like to drink while getting ready for a night out? Something refreshing like coconut water or Miller Light. But I wouldn't mind if my closet came equipped with a tiny bar for cocktails!

coconut water

What music do you listen to while getting ready for a night out? DJ Julie Adenuga out of the U.K. or Soulection on Apple Music. They both have great music edits and Julie's set is always so cheeky. 

Where was the last place you traveled? My hometown, San Francisco. 

What was the most important thing you packed? A Ralph Lauren leather fringe motorcycle jacket. I've been having fringe envy for some time then I got this one for Christmas! 


What was the most non-essential thing you shouldn’t have packed but packed anyway? I'm a sucker for sequins. Whether it's a dress or bikini,  I always pack something with sparkle, you know, just in case there's a disco in close proximity.

What rules if any did you have about getting dressed when you were young?  If there were some, I can't remember any...

What is the first item of clothing you bought with your own money? A polkadot Betsy Johnson Dress I wore Easter Sunday. 

What is the biggest splurge or investment piece you purchased?  A colorful silk Pucci dress with oblong Swarovski crystals that I purchased at boutique in LA.

Do you feel the investment has been worthwhile? Well, I accidentally threw it in the washing machine with the rest of my dirty clothes and all the colors bled. Maybe some tears were shed. Regrets, I have a few but I did get some good mileage out of it partying in it Singapore.

What is your favorite fashion bargain? How much do you wear it? I recently found an incredible PennyLane wool coat from the Bay Area. People ask me where I got it every time I wear it but it's vintage. One girl ran out of the store and offered to buy it off me. I almost wanted to give it to her. Almost.

Who was your style icon as a youngster? My mom. She always wore big hair, red glossy lips, high-waited jeans, bronze stilettos, Bob Mackie gowns. This is how I remember my mom when I looking up her. She still is a total babe only now she wears sleek bangs. 


Who is one of your style icons now? I think Amandla Sternberg is a flower bomb but Beyoncé reigns supreme as an icon. To me she's a modern day Bianca Jagger a la Studio 54.

What do you wear when you work out? I've tried other brands but nothing fits my body and soaks up my sweat like Nike and Adidas

What do you wear to the grocery store?  Grocery trips are my least favorite errand in the world and I'm usually dressed inappropriately for it. Do Farmer's Markets count? I love wearing sunny dresses when I'm at the Ferry Building in SF or Union Square in NY. 

What shoes do you wear when the weather is bad?  Stuart Weizmann black suede knee-highs for the West Coast or Ralph Lauren snow-kicking boots for extreme weather in NY. 

What shoes do you wear when you want to show off? My gold platform stilettos my hubby bought me as a wedding present. 

Gold Sandal

What do you wish you had in your closet but don’t have? I could use an Oscar de la Renta caftan or couture gown. I'm not picky. 

What do you have in your closet that you should throw away but still haven’t? Throw away? I've had a few stand-offs with some chunky YSL and Givenchy jewelry pieces but I could never give my babies up. 

What’s in your closet that you inherited from another person and still like to wear? Knee-length brown suede YSL boots from my mom's closet.

What is the best piece of clothing or accessory that someone else bought for you? My engagement ring from hubby and best friend. Plus it sparkles in the sunlight. 

What piece(s) of jewelry do you wear everyday? Besides my wedding ring, diamond hoops and beaded bracelets. 


Do you wear a fragrance?  Hermes Eau de Rhubarbe. It's subtle and perfect for the summer. 

Thanks for letting me interview your closet Bianca.  I’m glad I got to know you better too.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your Ralph Lauren fringe jacket? 

Gerald Gakwandi

Gerald Gakwandi

Chen Cong

Chen Cong