Carolina Mizrahi ​Unzipped: Fashion Shoot Set Designer Spills Her Secret On Making It In Art And Fashion

From photography to styling, up-and-coming creative talent and star of a recent ELLE shoot Carolina Mizrahi reveals just what goes into making a successful set designer

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Carolina Mizrahi first came to ELLE's attention for her abilities as a set designer, but this is only one string to her creative bow.

Brazilian-born Carolina's skillset also covers art direction, styling and photography, and is equally at home in the art world as she is in fashion. 'When I left university I never thought my work would develop in so many different fields,' she admits, 'although I'm glad with the direction things have taken.'

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A graduate of BA Fashion Photography course at the London College of Fashion and nominated as one of its rising stars (she has been dubbed 'the next big name in fashion photography by LCF News), Carolina has already had several commissions from internationally known fashion magazines and exhibited in several galleries.

So does she see her future in art or fashion? To Carolina, both present creative challenges that she's keen to pursue. 'The most important aspect for me is the possibilities involved in each project,' she says. 'It's all a matter of context.'

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Your work covers several fields. Do you prefer one over the others?

I enjoy it all equally. Photography has been the most useful aspect of my work within the fashion industry so far, although it's deeply connected to other aspects, such as art direction, set design and styling.

You work within the worlds of both fashion and art – how is that?

I feel that I can have a little bit more freedom working on the art world, although that is also relative; I've worked for magazines with 100 per cent freedom and also for art galleries under a brief. I find working to a brief makes me research much more as I need to find something that excites me within a specific theme. I always end up learning new things, which is challenging and exciting at the same time. You can easily find me at the library on a Friday night researching for my projects.

Was that the case in the shoot you recently did with ELLE for Pandora, too?

As I say, I really enjoy working within a brief; I find it quite challenging and exciting at the same time. Working for Pandora in particular, made me think outside the box, explore new aesthetics and materials I don't normally work with. It was a really positive experience and I was really happy with the outcome of it.

You're used to doing everything yourself, how do you find working with a team?

I really like to collaborate with other people, exchanging ideas and receiving feedback on my own work. Collaboration is a key aspect of my practice; I would never be able to do what I do without a team.

How would you like to see your career develop from here?

I want to continue working on my personal projects and also on exciting commissions within the fields of photography, art direction, styling and set design. In the future, I'd also like to run a team at my own studio/gallery.

For more information about the Pandora collection used in the shoot, click here.

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