With roots as a model and burlesque performer, Marlo Marquise is always expanding her creative horizons, she recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City, starting the studio and production company House of Virtue with Billy Vahan of Antiseptic Fashion and a couture fashion line, Marquise Lapin.
interview by : Jennifer Link
photographer : Saryn Christina
fashion stylist : Marlo Marquise
makeup artist, hair stylist, and hats : Erika Diehl
wardrobe : Antiseptic Fashion
model : Marlo Marquise
location : House Of Virtue
Recently you moved to LA from New York City, now that you’ve been in LA for a bit, what differences are you noticing from life in New York City? What sparked this change of location? And have you noticed a difference in the creative energy of both cities?
Marlo Marquise : LA and NYC are very similar and very different. I live in downtown LA so it really reminds me of my east village neighborhood in Manhattan. Both areas are very young and creative. New York is very fast pace and LA is the complete opposite. That is the biggest adjustment I’ve had to get used to! I’m just a go, go, go workaholic kind of woman, so it’s very hard to be in such a lackadaisical environment now. Los Angeles seems more fine art focused, and New York City is more about the theater as far as creativity goes. Basically what made me commit to relocating was that instead of just performing and modeling, I wanted to produce large events and start designing clothing. LA has bigger and better venues, I can throw events in my loft, and downtown LA is the most efficient area for making garments and starting companies of the like. It just made sense! I was traveling back and forth for a year before deciding. I do however consider myself bicoastal, and always a New Yorker at heart!
read the full interview in the December/January 2011/2012 Issue