The Company We Keep
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Before and After
Anne Wilterdink Morgan
Since the childhood dress-up party where I objected to covering my favorite pink dress with a yellow shawl and my later rebellion against the Barbie doll ideal of American femininity as a young adult, I have never considered fashion choices trivial. Now a few decades older, I'm convinced that what I can create with imagination and artistry is a better reflection of who I am than my look when I roll out of bed in the morning. I love helping others create improved versions of themselves as well.
I was living in Atlanta after graduating from Cornell University when I first heard of color analysis and was immediately intrigued. In the meantime, I planned a move to Los Angeles to join the man who is now my husband and needed a way to make a living. Inspiration struck at a Heart concert where the Wilson sisters wore dramatic tuxedo-style jackets. I'd always loved to sew and all kinds of crafts, so creating costumes for the entertainment industry in Hollywood sounded like the perfect fit.
I was fortunate enough to be hired by Judy Corbett at J&M Costumers, who helped me join the Motion Picture Costumers Union and supplied a fantastic variety of experiences from Las Vegas showgirl ensembles to McDonald's character costumes. From there my creations included skating Smurfs for Ice Capades; hardware, badges and Vulcan costumes for Star Trek movies II and III at Paramount Studios; and everything from baby "Gremlins" to a copy of the famous green curtain dress from "Gone with the Wind" at Western Costume.
I regretfully left that career when my first son was born and eventually moved with my family to Fairfax County, Virginia. I did a bit of custom dressmaking but missed the camaraderie of others who shared my love of interesting design and materials. Furthermore, I had not forgotten about color analysis. For ten years, I had been boring all my friends on the subject and picking the brains of anyone I met that knew anything about it. It was time I learned to be a color consultant myself.
I scoured the yellow pages and talked to all the color and image consultants I could find. I decided to go with Beauty For All Seasons because I was convinced that the Color Alliance system gave the most complete and accurate information, the kit and training were reasonable in cost, and I felt that the educational focus of the company and my incredible sponsor Jill Wylot suited me better than the harder sell of most of its competitors. I began my training the first weekend of 1990.
I have never regretted that choice. In the beginning, my husband teased me that I had become a makeup saleswoman. I found to my surprise that I love working with the makeup, the artistry that is involved and the power of that immediate transformation. The silhouette and style analysis adds a whole other dimension to the picture. I don't get bored because of the wonderful variety of individuals, the changing tides of fashion, and the continuing advances in cosmetic technology. The blend of art and psychology perfectly suits my interests. I've also met so many wonderful people that I would otherwise never have had a chance to know.
Since my certification in January 1990, I have helped hundreds of clients with color and image advice. I have spoken before a variety of professional and social groups and was also a regular instructor for Fairfax County Adult Education for many years. I also love the opportunity to train and mentor new StyleMaker consultants. I have a home studio in Fairfax, Virginia, where I live with my husband. We have two grown sons.
I'd love to hear from you! Please contact me here or call me at 703-321-7539.