A Conversation With NYC Fashion Stylist Georgia Mitropoulos

I met Georgia Mitropoulos via Instagram through Marcus Cooper’s Instagram. Cooper is a NYC fashion photographer who I feel is on his way to legendary status. Georgia has styled many of Marcus’s shoots and I fell in love with her aesthetic. It is raw, unapologetic, punk rock, in your face, beautiful, edgy, and achingly poetic. In today’s world of overly polished, media-hyped, overly saturated same old same old bullshit, her eye stands out as individual and original. Marcus and Georgia create iconic imagery that takes me back to photographers that I admired coming up the ranks as a young fashion photographer: Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and David Bailey. You probably won’t get a bigger compliment out of me, which speaks to their talent. Truth be told I was hesitant to contact Georgia at first, but I bit the bullet and sent her an email. We met soon after and the rest is history.

We took an evening off a few weeks ago to sit down at one of our favorite bars in Williamsburg, Night of Joy, to discuss her roots, her career, and her inspiration. The term “one to watch” is trite nowadays, but I highly urge keeping your eye on this girl. She’s going to rule the world one day.

Melissa Rodwell:

“So tell me, were there any influences or incidences in your childhood that you now realize guided you on the path of fashion?”

Georgia Mitropoulos:

“I grew up in a creative household. My mother has her own business, she designs ballet costumes. I was always playing in the materials she used and I used to make pieces of my own with her materials. Also, my father used to shop for me. He was addicted to shopping and would leave piles of clothes on my desk. He would tell me what was stylish and to this day has a larger closet than I do!”

Melissa:

“So what was your path? What course of action did you take?”

Georgia:

“Well, I always loved fashion, even as a teenager. At 19 I was discovered in Greece by a modeling agent from Elite. I started modeling and it was fun, I met a lot of great people but I really wanted more so I returned to Detroit and enrolled in beauty school. During school I would go on castings and help my friends get dressed and do their make up. One friend asked me to do her make up for a photo shoot and after meeting the photographer, we ended up shooting together a lot. After working with most models and photographers in my hometown in Michigan, I moved to NYC and began working with other photographers.

Melissa:

“At some point, you left NYC and went to Greece. You’ve told me this was your biggest break in your career. Can you tell us about that?”

Georgia:

“Moving to Greece was great! I started working for Liberis Publications which had magazines like Vogue, Glamour, Men’s Health, etc. Working with Vogue was amazing! I was able to travel to Paris for fashion week and attend great parties and met incredible artists! Greece was very inspiring but after 4 years the magazines went bankrupt so I moved back to NYC where now I reside.

Melissa:

“What advice do you have for young stylists?”

Georgia:

As a stylist in NYC, you really have to hustle. There is so much social media out there and you must get your brand, and by that I mean your entire style aesthetic, out there. It’s been a long road but one worth the travel! I would say that staying true to your vision and building that brand is key to your success in our industry. I recently became Fashion Director of ALICE Magazine. Becoming an editor is a blessing but it’s also hard work. ALICE Magazine allows me to express my vision, which is something all artists dream about.

Melissa:

“You told me a funny story once that I would love to share. You told me you were kicked out of beauty school. All the true rebels have been kicked out of school or fired from some mediocre job! Can you tell me about what happened?”

Georgia:

“Of course I can share it! I dressed up as the director of the school and impersonated her. I had no idea she was right behind me. And I refused to clean the bathroom or sweep up the smoke shed. The school told me I was a dreamer and had a meeting with my mom. Basically, they said I was not a good fit for the school.”

Melissa:

“I wasn’t a good fit for any school and I always agreed! So in ending, what’s in the near future for you?”

Georgia:

“I look forward to pushing my limits and staying true to my style. Even when people think it’s “dark”. It’s not dark. It’s poetic and poetry is where I find all my inspiration.

Melissa:

“Speaking of, where do you find your inspiration?”

Georgia:

“Books, lyrics, velvet and love is where I find my inspiration. I don’t own a television or buy any current magazines. I don’t see the point when I have my own imagination.

To see more of Georgia’s work visit her website: http://www.georgiammitropoulos.com/

Follow her on Instagram: @georgiamtrpls

Melissa Rodwell