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Gillean McLeod

“It seems that the fashion industry has embraced women my age -- we are everywhere. There are agencies now devoted to women my age, look at Mrs. Robinson and Grey in London. My agency in NYC, Iconic Focus, has a wonderful roster of women my age. We are here, and we are not going away.”

Gillean McLeod started out her career as a fashion stylist, but at the age of 60 she suddenly found herself posing in front of the camera instead. One day, a model for a shoot she was working on stepped off set and the photographer suggested that she fills in. That jumpstarted her new venture in fashion, fulfilling a dream she never thought she had. McLeod has since appeared on several fashion publications including H&M’s campaign.
“Clothing is like art for me. Sumptuous fabrics, cuts, details, tucks, hardware – I love it all, and I want to wear all the fabulous things. Comme Des Garcons is something I collect. It's so much fun to wear, like a school uniform, which has gone bonkers.  Maybe it's appealing after having spent fourteen years of my youth in boarding school where we were forced to wear the same thing, day in and day out. Comme is like that, but with oh so much flair.”

“Clothing is like art for me. Sumptuous fabrics, cuts, details, tucks, hardware – I love it all, and I want to wear all the fabulous things. Comme Des Garcons is something I collect. It's so much fun to wear, like a school uniform, which has gone bonkers.  Maybe it's appealing after having spent fourteen years of my youth in boarding school where we were forced to wear the same thing, day in and day out. Comme is like that, but with oh so much flair.”
McLeod’s colorful life includes Growing up in South East Asia, where she was surrounded by a colorful culture, absorbing the styles, art and dress customs of Malaysia and Indonesia. Moving to the UK as a teen, she observed an entirely different visual culture on the streets of 1970s London.
“One of my favorite shoots was for H & M. A swimsuit shoot which whizzed around the world and prompted many articles about age and beauty. Here's why: I totally trusted the photographer. He said no hair, no make up, and he proceeded to shoot the editorial just the way I walked in the door.”

“My best achievement has been to be the best mother I know how, and I raised a wonderful, intelligent, funny and happy son.”

McLeod works in Los Angeles and New York, continuing to derive inspiration from her travels and love of art, design and fashion.

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