Little Compton

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Wendy Fuller

Designer, Mother & Model

Concept, interview & photography by Florence Montmar

FM: How is life on this island?

WF: It's great I feel like I am on vacation every day. I lived in New York City for 18 years. My expectations were low coming here, because I didn't want to leave New York. Now  I don't understand what took me so long and what was keeping me in New York. I am more of a country girl than I thought.

FM: You were a fashion designer…

WF: Yes. Me and my husband Billy were working as pattern makers, for over 15 years. We designed for several design houses and celebrities.

FM: I remember this beautiful collection you made with origami silk... 

WF: Yeah, that was fun! It was an experiment to see how you could manipulate the origami shapes to make a pattern pieces.  We would start by making the origami shapes first and then applying it.  We folded paper in various shapes to see if it would work as a sleeve, a pocket or whatever. It was very much like play. 

 FM: And now?

WF: I don't really care about fashion anymore. It just doesn't mean anything to me. I don't read fashion magazines. Instead, I am more concerned with interiors and my garden. I want to get chickens and llamas and maybe a pig. Right now I am working on my rock garden. Maybe next year I will make a survivalist bunker.

FM: What do you appreciate as a mother?

WF: I appreciate that I can spend a lot of time with my kids. As a mother, you get to re-live your own childhood.

FM: What is your greatest accomplishment?

WF: My family. 

Right now I am working on my rock garden. Maybe next year I will make a survivalist bunker.
— Wendy Fuller

FM: You were a model for a while, how was that experience for you? 

WF: It was fun. I was with the same agency the entire time. As I got older the work moved into more commercial stuff and go-sees.

FM: What was your experience for this shoot?

WF: It was really fun. The kids were not cooperating. It was in January and we were wearing spring clothing. It gets very windy on the island. 

Wendy and Gigi is wearing Ralph Lauren

Florence wears overall by Madewell, Kangol hat and sunglasses by Nina Ricci.

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