Laura Fulk: 100 Creatives

Laura Fulk: 100 Creatives
Photo by Marshall Franklin Long

Number 76: Laura Fulk

City: Minneapolis

Years spent living in MN:  8

In recent years fashion designer Laura Fulk's career has taken off as the Minnesota fashion scene blossoms. This is no coincidence, as her contributions have been influential and prolific. Fulk's debut was an auspicious one: Her first solo runway show, 2009's Suffocate, featured dramatic, avant-garde pieces that caught the eyes of fashionistas both locally and nationally. Since then, she has participated in Voltage Fashion Amplified numerous times, exhibited her pieces at the Goldstein Museum of Design, created a ready-to-wear line for professional women, and established bespoke menswear. Regardless of what Fulk does next, we're sure it will be in style.  

Laura Fulk: 100 Creatives
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Name three things that are inspiring your work right now: 

1. Music
2. The cold
3. Bruises

Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:

1. Sculpture
2. Illustration
3. Junkyards

What was your last big project?  

I was part of a group show held at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for their Third Thursday event night in November. Each designer chose a work from the museum's collection and then designed three pieces inspired by it. I chose the famous photograph .30 Bullet Piercing an Apple by Dr. Harold Edgerton.

What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?

Right now I have geared my focus solely on the retail market. I just wrapped my SS 2011 collection and have already dove into the next collection which I am extremely excited about.

Creative/career high point (so far)?

My first solo show. It was one of the most physically challenging things I'd ever done. I think I went without sleep for four or five days in prep for it. My fingers were numb for a week from sewing so hard. I will never forget that feeling of accomplishment. I hope every fashion designer gets to experience that.

What has been your biggest challenge as an artist?

I've definitely eaten more Ramen than I'd ever want to, or not eaten at all enough times in my life, but it's so, so worth it.

How has the local scene changed since you began your career?

Back when I started doing fashion shows I could literally count the number of local fashion designers on my two hands. They were my idols; I wanted nothing more than to be like them. I now consider myself one of those "old school" fashion designers, and I am hopefully now inspiring generations of local fashion designers to come. Currently there are hundreds of local designers, due especially to the undying support of organizations like MNfashion. I think it is pretty much the coolest thing ever.

Laura Fulk: 100 Creatives
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Name one thing you own that you wish you could throw away:

I have closets upon closets of old sample dresses from past fashion shows. Some I'm proud of, some I never want to look at again. They have literally taken over every square inch of my living space! I sort of love it, but at times it tends to have a bit of stifling effect.

For reasons unexplained, you are able to travel back in time to one movie production where you will work on set with the costumes. Which film do you pick, and why?

I've always had love for the early '90s film Edward Scissorhands. In it they were able to make the sets/costumes more or less "classic," and yet in some odd way it was hard to put an exact time period on it ('60s? '90s?). I think that is absolutely brilliant and inspiring. I'd love to rework the costumes with an LF twist and a slightly modern flare.

What fashion trend do you most revile? Conversely, are there any trends you feel are unjustly maligned?

I am constantly questioning/hating and then loving trends. I go through phases like everyone else. It's no secret that most trends/fads are hard to wear by anyone other than a 5'10" size 2 model. It seems unfair and unpractical in most senses. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about experimenting and taking risks. It's what keeps fashion interesting. I have to admit though that I sort of can't stand super low rise jeans. Even for the model type, they make it quite challenging to keep everything discretely in place. Frankly, no one really wants to see your thong.  

Laura Fulk: 100 Creatives
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Laura Fulk: 100 Creatives
Photo by Patrick Kelly

Do you have a suggestion for someone whose work we should be checking out? Feel free to leave your top picks in the comments.

Past creatives, so far:

100. Jennifer Davis
99. Sean Smuda
98. Chuck U
96. Amy Rice
95. Kara Hendershot

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