Inspiration Interview: Linda Marina Portman

One of my goals for the new blog was to start doing interviews with people who inspire me or who have dream jobs in the fashion world, so I’m excited to be starting off this series with a stylist!  For a while now I’ve been an admirer of the Swedish stylist Linda Portman’s work without really realizing who she was or anything about her.  I think I first fell in love with her dreamy styling when I saw her collaborations with the photographer Ellen Rogers. Then I saw her contributions to the t.b.a. fall 2010 lookbook.  But I never knew about the rest of her styling ’till some of her work started popping up on Tumblr, leading me to her styling blog and her own whimsical personal blog.  And then I knew I had to interview her.

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a Swedish girl who works as a fashion stylist and whom currently lives in London.

2. How did you get into doing what you do?

I studied Fashion Marketing Merchandising in New York. I interned at various places during that time, and found out what I did not want to do. Then I came to The New York Times Magazine and its Style dept. and I was hooked! I loved being there.

3. When you style for a shoot do you have a certain girl or character in mind? Or a story?

I usually get inspired by certain collections and start from there. When I then work with a photographer we collaborate in regards to the “story” (with the inspiration of the season’s clothes in mind)! We usually have a specific girl/ character in mind. All photographers that I work with are different though so the process vary.

4. What have been some of your biggest influences when it comes to your work?

My former supervisors David Farber and Mimi Lombardo, because they taught me Everything I know in regards to styling and all surrounding it. Amy Spindler who was my first Editor in Chief, she was such an inspiration and force of life. Then there are too many editors, stylists and photographers to start mentioning but the one Editor who made me want to become a stylist was Grace Coddington.

5. Any favorite fashion films or books or magazines?

Books: Grace Coddington’s Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue, Tim Walker’s Pictures, Juergen Teller’s Marc Jacobs 1998-2008… too a book called Victorian Painting by Lionel Lambourne.

Magazines: The Vogues (Italian, American, British, French, Japanese, and Russian), Self Service, Pop, Lula, Another Magazine, ID, Purple…the list goes on since I Love Magazines.

Films: “Who Are You, Polly Magoo?”,” The Leopard”, “Funny Face”, “Marie Antoinette”, “Bilitis”, “Virgin Suicides”, “Lolita”, “Pretty Baby”, Jodie Foster in “Taxi Driver” and so many others.

6. What decade(s) in fashion history influence you most?

The 60’s and 70’s together with the 1800’s.



7. What things are you most excited about wearing in the next season?

If I could afford I’d wear complete collections as created by Marc Jacobs for his own line and Louis Vuitton. Too anything created by Miuccia Prada……I will source vintage stores for similar items. Glasses by Prism and/or from Linda Farrow.Shoes from London Soles, Swedish Hasbeens and Top Shop.

8. What’s your dream styling job?

Maybe to collaborate with someone like Paolo Roversi or Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue…..Mario Testino or Tim Walker for British Vouge…to work with Anyone at American Vogue. My real dream is to have my own fashion magazine creating wonderful things together with my lovely talented friends.

Photos: 1: Linda Portman; 2. styled by Linda Portman;   3. styled by Linda Portman, photographed by Saga Sig; 4.  scene from “Bilitis”;  5. and 7. styled by Linda Portman, photographed by Martina Olsson; 6. image from t.b.a. fall 2010 lookbook, styled by Linda Portman, photographed by Saga Sig.

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96 Comments

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    oh how i loved to read that interview! she is a lovely gal.
    so inspiring! i love this whole interview thing :)

  2. Posted July 16, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I loved her work with t.b.a., but I haven’t seen anything else! Great interview (: xo

  3. Posted July 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    I had been following this girl for a while as well! I love her works and I’ve loved the fact that you’ve interviewed her.

    I can’t wait to know who’s your next interviewed, hope it is as interesting as the first one!

  4. Posted July 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    What a cool girl! A lovely interview.

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    I look forward to your interview series, it will give us some insight into the lives of people doing what they love! Very exciting. :)

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    pretty pretty pretty!!

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    A really great interview with amazing pictures!

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    this was really quite fascinating Rhiannon! I think Linda the job that we all covet, and boy does she do it well. I can’t think of anything better than the 60s and 70s together with the 1800’s. I look forward to reading more of these!

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    Thank you for this interview Rhiannon! Linda is an incredible stylist and a visionary.

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