Cyan and Georgia Walker, age 15, live in Humboldt Park.
Who influences your style?
Cyan: I like Frank Lloyd Wright's shapes and appreciation of nature. My interest in him was sparked because my dad's an architect and has a lot of books I look at. The cut of shirts I pick out are sort of architectural--the patterns are neutral to better show the shape.
Georgia: [Local designer and musician] Sarah Staskauskas! We sometimes model for her. She made the skirt I'm wearing. We also get a lot of inspiration from old catalogs, like a 1966 Montgomery Ward catalog that came from a shop by our grandma's antique store.
I've seen you at rock shows with your mom. Has music influenced your style?
Cyan: T. Rex. I wore mismatched socks every day for a year! Marc Bolan always wore mismatched socks.
Who's your favorite fashion designer?
Georgia: Rudi Gernreich; he was a revolutionary! Our favorite children's book was Pretty Pretty Peggy Moffitt [about the model who was Gernreich's muse]. It's about what she was like as a child--really finicky and couldn't decide what to wear. My parents say that when I was little I would cry if I didn't like my outfit, so I loved that book.
How do you feel about the messages in fashion magazines about how women should present themselves?
Georgia: For a project at school, lots of girls chose "the media is making girls anorexic" as their theme. That's true, but those girls--who feel insecure and demolished--are invested too much in American culture to start out with. They need to take a step back and become more involved in their own lives, instead of these artificial lives.
Does fashion help you express yourself?
Cyan: I am not a talker. My friend Moira and I met because of a dress that I wore to my high school orientation. She came up to me and said, "I'm totally crushing on your dress."
Has the transition from girlhood to womanhood changed the way you dress?
Georgia: A couple of years ago, I was totally against skirts. I felt that I was not a skirt person, that skirts were for pussies. Then my pants started getting too small on me; buying new pants was a total drag, whereas skirts always work.
How does being a twin affect your style choices?
Cyan: I think being a twin really helped me to figure out who I was early on, and what my style was. We had to define ourselves as individual people early on.
Georgia: Why would you want to walk around wearing the exact same thing as your twin sister?
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Saverio Truglia.