Tantalum: Why did you decide to use those particular pieces for the shoot?
Marcus Ivory: I wanted to tell a story through the clothes. I was in a dark mood so I decided to pull clothes that would invoke a dark feeling.
Tantalum: Do you usually base your styling on the direction the photographer gives you or on hair and makeup?
Marcus Ivory: It depends on the project but I mostly collaborate, unless the client is very specific.
Tantalum: What where some of the challenges you faced when you where selecting pieces for the shoot?
Marcus Ivory: I'm still very new to the NYC styling scene; while I know a few people, I still run into problems with showrooms giving me clothes.
Tantalum: Would you say you have a "style"?
Marcus Ivory: I make you look how you want to feel.
Tantalum: How did you get into styling? Was it something you always wanted to do or was it a fortunate accident?
Marcus Ivory: I wanted to be a designer, but while studying fashion design, I found myself wanting to do more styling than designing, so I went with it.
Tantalum: Do you have any mentors or muses?
Marcus Ivory: I feel like I've had a few "mentors of the moment" but I do have a few muses.
Tantalum: What do you look for when figuring out what designers you are going to work with?
Marcus Ivory: It depends on the project mostly, but I try to work mostly with new and relevant designers of the moment. I have my favorites, but I try to work with some of everybody.
Tantalum: What inspires you?
Marcus Ivory: I'm inspired by a lot of things. Women, art, music.
Tantalum: How did it feel to see you work in print for the very first time?
Marcus Ivory: It feels really cool. Flattering.
Tantalum: What advice would you have for a new wardrobe stylist trying to get into session work?
Marcus Ivory: Patience is everything. Learn and experience all you can under someone else, so when you're on your own, you'll know what not to do.