The newest Fashion Director of Interview Magazine, the Fil-Am and California native Dara Allen has been breaking barriers in fashion. The gender non-conforming model turned fashion director began their career as a fashion journalist before landing their debut runway show in 2017. Let’s get to know a little bit more about the person breaking the fashion mold, Dara Allen.
1. Before becoming a runway model, Dara started as a fashion journalist.
Dara entered fashion through journalism and never thought about being on the other side of it. She told Vogue Magazine back in 2017, “Fashion writing was what I was doing beforehand, but then I realized I loved the visual aspect of things.”
2. Her first official runway show was for the Marc Jacobs Fall ’17 show.
It is rare, but not impossible to take part in a runway show as an unsigned model and Dara did just that. She was one out of four non-gender conforming models who strut their way into fashion week. Since then, she’s walked multiple shows for brands like Prabal, Kenzo, and Erdem and attended fashion week events all over NYC.
3. Dara was named Interview Magazine’s latest Fashion Director.
Just recently, the fashion magazine broke the news that Dara is joining the Interview team as Fashion Director. The magazine was established in 1969 by Andy Warhol. This is a huge accomplishment for her as she paved her way up to Director from starting out as a fashion editor, journalist, stylist, and model.
4. Fashion designer, Erdem Moralıoğlu told Vogue Magazine Dara has the best walk.
For her first fashion show at 23 years old, Dara caught the eye of fashion designer, Erdem Moralıoğlu. “Dara has the best walk. She reminds me of how I imagine an Avedon model would move in the 1950s—she has a transformative quality.” Her recent strut down NYC streets shows how elegant and dramatic her walk is, perfect for the runway.
5. Fashion is Dara’s form of self expression.
Dara used to play dress up with her friend as a child and now she does it for a living. She gained confidence through fashion as it allowed her to be unique and evolve to her own. Dara told i-D in 2019, “Fashion gave me a language. Fashion saved my life. It allowed me a way into other people that I have come to love—my friends and the people I hold dear. It was this thing that we all had in common.”
Cover Photo Credit: Dara Allen Instagram