SEVEN ON SET is a monthly interview series that takes a closer look at creative individuals. In this installation, we interviewed Hawaii-raised and NYC based stylist Taylor Okata.

1. What made you want to become a stylist?

Growing up in the 90s / Y2K era, I read all the magazine’s my older sister would pick up – Dazed & Confused, Dutch, The Face,  i-D. I was also exposed to indie, art-house films she would rent. (In Honolulu, these magazines and films were very hard to come by, and usually delivered months late.) Little did I know, these editorials and stories were creatively what helped me become a seeking spirit, and made me want to contribute similarly.

2. What has been the most memorable moment of your career?

Arriving in Paris [for my first time] to work for Yohji Yamamoto.

3. If you did something different for a living, what would it be?

I would have my own social-documentary series where I explore the meaning of Personal Style & Identity in different places – Looking at ideals enforced by our media and its (mis)representation of these communities and cultures, which furthers our misunderstanding (or understanding) of one another.

4. What is your personal mantra?

Reality is there for us to change.

5. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I have a black belt in Karate.

6. Ideal Dinner party? Dead or Alive.

Rupaul and Nirvana in 1993 when that infamous photograph was taken [and whoever else was involved in that setting].

7. If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?

“I Would Die 4 U” by Prince


Photography by Marielle Sales