How did you first come to work in the fashion industry?
In my first year at university [the London College of Fashion] we were required to complete a two-week work placement. My friend Tanya was working on Kylie Minogue’s tour at the time and she introduced me to William Baker, Kylie’s Creative Director. My first job was assisting on the ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ video. A two-week placement ended up lasting the full-length of the summer, which in turn resulted in me leaving college and working on the ‘Fever’ world tour.
Mansfield: From a very young age, I’ve always had a love of imagery and dressing-up. I became a hairdresser aged fifteen and was always interested in styling hair for images, be it film or stills. When I moved [from Australia] to London in 1998, I put all my focus on ‘fashion’, assisting on shoots and catwalk shows and doing test shoots with other young, fashion-hungry people. How and when did you first meet each other? FB: Whilst I was working with William Baker, he styled an Evisu fashion show, which was designed by Pamela Blundell. The show was in Milan and Luke and Daniel Hersheson were styling the hair. Lyndell was part of their hair team and was completely unmissable – she had incredible energy and was always laughing, had pink hair and wore Vivienne Westwood. I was quite intimidated by her – she was unlike anyone I’d ever met before and I didn’t really know how to talk to her. This didn’t matter though because Lyndell has time for everyone and we very quickly became friends. LM: [Lyndell also recalls the Evisu show in Milan.] There was an instant attraction and curiosity – both Fran and I are the kind of girls that love to see someone ‘busting a look’ and we both were (of course) so we had immediate respect for one another.
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What’s your favourite job that you’ve worked on together? FB: Without a doubt our Beth Ditto shoot for i-D [‘Hot Gossip’, August 2006] photographed by Alice Hawkins. Beth had never really been styled or treated like that before; her and Lyndell bonded instantly. It was such an amazing moment and we were very lucky to be a part of it. After that shoot, Radio 1 gave The Gossip airplay and suddenly they were everywhere. It was my editor, Ben [Reardon] who pushed me to shoot Beth and it remains to be one of my favourite shoots of all time. LM: Our ‘Agyness Deyn to Tank Girl’ story for i-D [‘Attitude’, May 2008] because we were both into it 100%! How often do you get to see each other outside of work? FB: We see each other a lot although Lyndell has about a billion times more social energy than me. We both work such insane hours so it’s not easy to plan – although this is actually better because we have many spontaneous fun nights out that usually end in some kind of karaoke. LM: We are both very busy and work away a lot but somehow we still manage to see each other all of the time. I live around the corner from the i-D office so I often pop in and I also touch-up Fran’s hair when needed. We both love karaoke, eating and drinking. I love having people over at my house - there’s a group of us and I’m like the mama! Sometimes, Fran and I just lounge around at mine, eating cupcakes. What’s the most memorable experience you’ve shared? FB: So many; good and bad, in both work and play. Lyndell has been there for me at my best and at my worst. Most time spent with her is memorable. LM: There are too many! Our time at the Coachella festival in Los Angeles last year was amazing! There is also the first time I saw Fran’s version of Samantha Fox’s, ‘Touch Me’ at karaoke – from that point on there was a true soldering of our friendship.
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