Cynthia Lawrence-John is a very busy woman. We are pleased the freelance stylist and Fashion Director of Volt Magazine, a bi-annual independent fashion magazine, found some time in her hectic schedule to meet us in her clothes-crammed studio apartment in London-Islington to talk fashion.
Cynthia has studied film and photography, accidentally became a stylist and has been successfully doing this job for more than ten years. Having assisted Dazed & Confused’s Alister Mackie, Cynthia decided to go her own way as a stylist and nowadays her clients include internationally renowned brands like Adidas, Nike and Diesel. Her editorial work has been published in i-D, Dazed & Confused, Interview, GQ, Arena Homme Plus and Volt and she has been responsible for the looks of celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Johnny Depp and VV Brown amongst many others.
When we met her during a frantic time of film costume designing, lookbook and music video shoots, Cynthia still comes across as the embodiment of coolness. When you experience her relaxed nature you can’t tell what a hard-working woman she is. Somehow she manages to stay calm and be on top of things, even if she’s doing several challenging jobs at the same time. It must be her years of experience and the army of helping assistant’s hands that cause the ease, which is so rare in this industry.
Flicking through Jean-Philippe’s photographs at the end of our interview, Cynthia is quite impressed “You actually made me look like an interesting person”, she says. Indeed, she is.