This Week's Model: Imogen Morris Clarke
In the modeling world, there are two major arenas for making it big: catwalks and covers. Of course the latter is a little harder to come by, which is why Imogen Morris Clarke—who landed the cover of the Japanese edition of Dazed & Confused before even setting foot on a runway—is considered a star on the rise. Since that auspicious print debut, the 17-year-old London native (here backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs) has walked in fashion’s most coveted shows, including Burberry Prorsum, Prada and Alexander McQueen, and booked such major ad campaigns as D&G spring 2009 and BCBG Max Azria fall 2009. After a dazzling start to the spring 2010 collections during New York Fashion Week, we spoke to Morris Clarke right before she headed for Europe.
From left: BCBG Max Azria’s fall 2009 campaign, D&G’s spring 2009 campaign.
What were your favorite New York shows?
Marc Jacobs was so theatrical; I felt like a cosmic ballerina. I also loved Isaac Mizrahi—the set was incredible.
Throughout the season,
always in your bag?
My iPod, dried fruit, gum, paracetamol, a hair brush and some form of school work to make me feel like I’m keeping up with my studies.
What music helps you prepare on set?
It’s a complete mixture, but right now I like Empire of the Sun, La Roux and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
From left: Isaac Mizrahi spring 2010 ; Vera Wang spring 2010.
what are your favorite places to eat?
In New York, I love to get sushi from Aja, macrobiotic cuisine from Souen and burgers from Empire Diner.
Did you get anything special in your goody bags this
I got some beautiful clothes from Phillip Lim, including a blazer that I absolutely love.
Which leg of collections are you most excited about?
I’m really looking forward to Paris, especially Chanel.
Clarke backstage at Izaac Mizrahi.
Who are your favorite designers?
It’s always changing, but at the moment, I love Phillip Lim, Herve Leger, Preen, Marc Jacobs, Lanvin and Gucci.
you like do in a few years?
I hopefully will be acting and focusing on my studies. I’d also love to own a python named Bambi.
Photos: WWD staff