Backstage FW18 with Olivia Kooyman

Photography by Olivia Kooyman, Interview by Kira Shipway

Name: Olivia Kooyman

Birthplace: NYC

Currently Living: Somewhere between NYC/LA

Astrological Sign: Sagittarius

Insta: @kooy_


How did you discover and start collaborating with The Break?

I started collaborating with The Break when I began interning for Jacqueline Harriet (the best).

Tell us a little bit about your work. How did you get involved in photography? What inspires you? 

I started using a film camera when I was 12 at camp and then studied art at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts (to drop a long name.) I continued a bit in college but mainly used it as a tool to record that strange four year period. I'm constantly fascinated with advertising and I like to play on warped perceptions of glamour with my photography. I love John Berger's Ways of Seeing and use it as source material for conceptual shoots in an attempt to bridge the gap between art history and advertising.

What was your favorite moment from BREAK NYFW FW18? Overall impression?

Honestly seeing the whole behind the scenes world of BREAK NYFW FW18 was so fun, everyone is not only beautiful but overall kind, talented and ambitious. 

Who are you at the party?

If I'm at the party...I'm probably the girl disassociating with her juul. Though I also like to take surprise attack (candid?) pictures of people at the function. 

Future goals, hopes and dreams?

I'd love to learn some languages, specifically Spanish and CSS. The big career dream is to land something at [adult swim]. 

Tell us a secret?

It's more of an open secret/shameless self promotion but I draw (

Favorite image you took at BREAK NYFW and why?

I love how b&w film looks with flash but if I had to choose one from the whole collection it would be this one… probably because they look physically attached yet the focus of their gaze is met indirectly.