Vogue sat down with pint-size designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who have remade names for themselves in the fashion world thanks to their clothing line The Row -- which even earned them a CFDA Award nomination for best womenswear.
Take a look at some excerpts from their interview with Sarah Mower and head over to Vogue for more.
On their humble beginnings:
How have they pulled any of this off without a formal design education? "Fair question," replies Ashley, "but Dualstar started when we were six. And we had a collection with Walmart at twelve, which was the upper tier of the tween market. It was before celebrity designers." "And we were really designing it," adds Mary-Kate. "It would be jeans, a bit bohemian, or with a little blazer. It was really fashion-forward."
On leaving acting behind:
"I am so proud of what we did. We made kids smile every day. But we had done the most we could do[," Ashley said.] Wasn't it frightening to stop? "There was a fear," admits Mary-Kate, catching her breath and sighing, "but also, an exhale."
Escaping a life of being hounded in L.A. was also a major relief. "The press here in New York respect you more," Ashley notes. "It was the worst in Los Angeles when we got our license. They would follow us. They knew where we lived. And you don't know who these people are. People just out of jail."
On being dressed on the sets of "Two of a Kind" and "So Little Time" as children:
"It was so fun because it was all about clothing and hairstyles," Mary-Kate recalls. "We had to change twelve times every episode. There would be five or six racks of clothes there, and they cut them down to fit us--even Chanel." "We were involved 100 percent in the fittings," says Ashley. "And at that age when you become so crazy about how you look," adds Mary-Kate, "sometimes there were three or four fittings."
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