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MDS INTERVIEWS
CLAIBORNE SWANSON FRANK
Part 1

MDS- How would you define your style?

CSF- Classic American Style

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MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that has influenced your style?

CSF- I grew up in California and I feel that being raised in that laid back culture has inspired in me a love of effortless style…that mix of classic and bohemian….a bit undone. I love an easy look that is glamorous with out trying. That fine line. I was also a tomboy most my life so I think that is always a part of my look.

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MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?

CSF- Lauren Hutton is a constant inspiration… I love her effortless sense of beauty and style. She defines American Style in every way to me. She always reminds me of the freedom and the power of being comfortable in your own skin.

Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton

 

MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?

CSF- My favorite room is my living room. I also love my sunroom. The room I spend most of my time in is my dining room- I work there… Spread all my books out…Open the French doors and drink my green tea. I find peace and inspiration there. Among my photos and the breeze that comes from the garden. I feel that the spaces we work in need to inspire.

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MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?

CSF- I collect coffee table books, both vintage and new, jeans, vintage YSL tuxedo jackets, hats of all kinds.

Claiborne and her fabulous mother-in-law, Cynthia Frank

Claiborne and her fabulous mother-in-law, Cynthia Frank

 

MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”

CSF- Coffee table books or hats.

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MDS- Who are your style icons? Who is in your best-dressed hall of fame?

CSF- Lauren Hutton, Katherine Hepburn and Charlotte Rampling for sure.

Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton

Katharine Hepburn- Photograph by Slim Aarons

Katharine Hepburn- Photograph by Slim Aarons

Charlotte Rampling

Charlotte Rampling

 

MDS- What do you want to be known for?

CSF- I hope through my photography is to create iconic portraits that document American culture, style and beauty.

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MDS- What’s next for Claiborne?

CSF- The release of my second coffee table book “Young Hollywood,” to be released in September published by Assouline.

MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

CSF- Freedom, originality, individuality … Finding your own path.

“CLAIBORNE SWANSON FRANK” - 5 Comments

  1. […] Mark D. Sikes: Classic American Style […]

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  2. Mark I can see how and why you connected with her immediately. A fresh yet classic take on life. Her style icons are included on my list of inspiring women. I am excited for her new book release…
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  3. THIS GIRL HAS AMAZING LEGS.

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  4. Mark,
    Beautiful post – her mother Elizabeth is also quite lovely…
    dean

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  5. Yes, your claiborne swanson frank post is compElling: She’s an all american beauty. Plus i want her source for hats! PRetty pleasE, share… –Mlc

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