This week I caught up with the fashion extravaganza that is, Alexandra Metal Clown. She’s a fashion blogger from Maryland U.S.A with stand out style and an infectiously positive aura. She’s a force to be reckoned with when it comes to fashion. She is fearless and fierce. It almost seems blasphemous just to refer to Alexandra as a fashion blogger, she’s a fashion pioneer.
She’s a game changer. A walking art piece.
Hi Alexandra! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Thank you, I am excited to be part of your blog! I’m Alexandra Merino also known as AlexandraMetalClown, I am 22 years old, i live in silver spring Maryland! I’ve been sewing and making all my clothes since i was 13 years old! I’m a total metal head,obsessed with my cats and all things wacky!
I ADORE your sense of style. Have you always been fearless when it comes to fashion or was it a gradual style evolution?
I have! even when I wasn’t making all my clothes and wearing all the rainbows and extravagant pieces,I love fashion always have,and I always picked out what i wanted to wear no matter what was trendy or cool at the time! I just wore whatever I wanted,which lead me to start sewing and making all of my own clothes because the clothes at the mall and stores just weren’t doing it for me! i needed more,i wanted to express myself with more colors and patterns and they weren’t selling that at the malls! before I started making all my clothes i was still very colorful,i would wear lots of layers,leggings,leg warmers even two skirts at at time even haha 🙂 I’m not afraid of taking risks with my clothes.
You make most of your own clothes, which is very impressive! Where do you get your inspiration from and how much planning goes into each look?
I am inspired by everything and everywhere I go,i can be walking down the isle of a grocery store and get inspired by a certain food and want to make an outfit of it,or inspired by it!! i feel like for me,i have so many ideas that at times it can be overwhelming and any little object or thing can just inspire me! so I’m constantly writing down ideas for next outfits i want to work on! each look is so different,i look so different everyday so the process for each outfits depend on how detail i am getting! but most of the time each outfits takes like about a week or less to make! even sometimes i can a full outfit in a night, what takes long is not the actual sewing,but of getting the whole look together,getting all the supplies i need, matching earrings,shoes,wig,nails,purse! so its all the little details that can take time and not the actual sewing.
You post so many wonderful looks online and get a great response from fans. How do you deal with the attention outside of the internet, when people see your creations in public?
I actually do get a lot of negative response online BUT I delete anything negative or i don’t respond to anything negative online because I don’t like to feed into the craziness and negativity of others! I feel like i do that because in “real life” I can’t escape it,i just cant delete people and or their comments,when they are saying it to my face! I get LOTS of attention when I go it,at times it can be very chaotic and overwhelming but I’ve been doing it since i was 13 years old ,so i am very used to all the looks,stares,5 billion and one question about my appearance,all the sneaky people trying to take photos or asking me for photos haha! It’s a mix of both negative and positive attention! the most popular question i get from people is “are you going to a party?” and “why are you so dressed up” haha I don’t mind the questions but I also get a lot of aggressive people with very cruel comments and I will never understand those people but I try my best to ignore and still be kind to everyone…kill them with kindness I say.
I would tell people at the end of the day, you’re all you got! you have to look at yourself in the mirror and see who is it you want to be and not be afraid and love yourself and accept yourself no matter how you look or what you think other people want you to look like,and really just be yourself cause the worst thing you can do is lie to yourself and not love yourself! honestly….its not the clothes…its the confidence within yourself and once you have that,you are not even thinking about “well should I wear this” “what are people going to say” ! and it doesn’t really matter what anyone thinks about you,especially when it comes to your choice of fashion,if you like the way you look,go for it! there is no such thing as right or wrong fashion or a sense of style.
You inspire so many people with your amazing style and eye catching outfits, but who/what inspires YOU personally?
I’m inspired by many things, metal music,the 1940’s and peoples confidence,really wacky and silly artwork and objects ! but if were talking fashion, the first person who comes to mind is, Anna Dello Russo! she is absolutely wonderful! she has SO much fun with her fashion,and I love that cause i love doing the same!
It means total and complete freedom! anything goes! you are in control!
What’s in store next for Alexandra Metal Clown?
I hope soon to get my own website,so i can have an official blog there,also with all of my work (photo shoots) that i have done and that I’m working! I’d really like to take on modeling full time and show case all my outfits and other amazing designers 🙂 I plan on doing many things but mainly I just want to be happy and keep doing what makes me happy, which is sewing and creating.