21 year old Anthropology student ZELMA FELDMAN LEWERISSA gives us a peek into her home and mind as we explore what makes her style so unique
shot by FREDERIK VALDEMAAR KJELDGAARDdirected by SOPHIE BERGQUIST
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE MOST INFLUENCED BY?
I saw an exhibition featuring the Turkish artist Gülsun about a year and a half ago. Her contrasting universe of tapestries, plastic and traditional Turkish fabric really captured the kind of vivid aesthetic and use of materials I adore. I would say that her work has influenced my style since then.
My style has been marked by all my travels and the places I have lived in. I went to school in India and traveled a lot within the country. I did fieldwork in Atlanta strip clubs and fell in love with some of the dancers’ sophisticated and revealing costumes that were characterized by fishnets, stones, bold colors, swimsuit fabrics and plastic shoes. I enjoy experimenting with ‘hyperfeminity’ and I don’t mind showing off some flesh. I see my booty as a part of my outfit, ok?
I still travel quite often with my job and to visit friends or family. I simply love to look for odd and quirky things in random markets and in small hoarder shops. Otherwise, I have always loved cartoon characters, their dreamy outfits and reckless attitudes. I also enjoy exploring Instagram accounts like Clear_bones and Uglyworldwide, when I want some easily accessed inspo.
FAVORITE THING IN YOUR CLOSET?
I’m kind of a compulsive hoarder, so I buy new things a little too often. I mainly shop in thrift stores, which allows me to buy a ton of stuff while not feeling like I’m ruining the environment. That means my favorites change quite often. However, at the moment it is a red vintage 70’s dress. Flowery with a bit of a flamingo vibe. I’m also obsessed with kitsch jewelry. I love my two plastic fruit necklaces that I bought from a little stall at a market in Yaffo, Tel Aviv.