Kate Schelter is an American artist, illustrator, creative director and stylist—owner of the luxury brand consultancy that bears her name—living and working in New York City and Cape Cod, MA. Her first author illustrated book Classic Style: Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out (Grand Central), and line of paper products and notebooks, This & That (Abrams), will debut in 2017. Her limited edition prints are available through Domino, ArtStar and 1stDibs.
Kate’s been working in different sectors of the fashion industry for 15 years, from shooting for Vogue to starting the Street Style section for Style.com: photographer, stylist, trend caster, trendsetter, graphic designer, and, now, watercolorist and muralist. Her paintings have caught the attention of people in the art and fashion world. After illustrating the book Gypset Travel, she’s been commissioned to paint for Dior, Vanity Fair, TOMS, Diane von Furstenberg, GRAFF, One Kings Lane, Chantecaille, Bonpoint, Romy & the Bunnies, BVLGARI, Victoria’s Secret, Architectural Digest, and Toyota, as well as private commissions. In 2015, she was sought after by hotelier Jeff Klein to paint site-specific murals throughout his latest landmark property, The San Vicente Bungalows in Los Angeles. Kate has shown original works in New York (John Derian Company), Dallas, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, and Cape Cod. She’s done residencies at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, in Tulum, Mexico, in Paris, and on the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
Kate has a BA from Rhode Island School of Design and their European Honors Program in Rome, and lives with her husband and daughter.
1976 First everything. Grows up in Philadelphia, the youngest of four children born to Kitsie and Craig
First Dress Ups.
Discovers Grannie’s old shoes
1983 First hand-made miniskirt—a ribbon belted curtain valance—a stylish substitute for copious Osh Kosh B’Gosh hand-me-downs
1992 First Award. Wins Scholastic Art Prize in 10th grade for an abstract watercolor painting of a squash
1994 Rhode Island School of Design. Majors in graphic design and photography. (Deep-down, loves fashion more)
1995 First internship in W Magazine art department doing page layouts. Loves it so much, cries on last day
1996 Lives abroad in Rome. Moves to Paris to intern for Christian Lacroix instead. Attends first couture show and dances with Mario Testino
First real job in posh LA design firm. Quits. Starts own company in living room and calls it Creative Girl. Designs logos, websites and art directs photoshoots.
First client: Pink Martini
1999 First published work in The New York Times for logo design contest
First trend forcasting job for The Limited Brands. Shoots pics of stylish friends, writes about
Gen Y and spends free time combing thrift stores for vintage outfits. Amasses giant portfolio of Hipsters
2002 First Press. Shot by photographer Lisa Eisner for The New York Times Magazine
2003 First Condé Nast photo contract. Blasts onto NYC fashion scene shooting for Vogue. Launches Style.com’s first street style column. Things start getting glamorous
First assistant styling job for
Vanity Fair and Vogue
2005 Creates and hosts Street Style Safari TV segments for iTunes and IMG. Gets TOMS shoes on people’s feet and (in 2012) shades on their faces
Meets creative partner Demet Muftuoglu. Creates strategic partnership between Turkish fashion retail giant Vakko and Zac Posen.
A year later 200 VIP guests arrive to fête the collaboration. Dita von Teese splashes around in enormous martini glass, party cruises down the Bosphorus
Styles first supermodel for ad campaign. Discovers vintage
jewelry gem, House of Lavande
2007 Kate Schelter becomes an official LLC. More websites, logos, events, fashion shows, photoshoots. Contributes to the Huffington Post. Loves to style but hates to blog
2008 Paints watercolors during travels, particularly lipsticks and sunglasses
2011 Marries Chris Schumacher!
2012 First book illustration assignment for Gypset Travel (Assouline)
2013 First child born!
2014 First painting exhibit in New York, curated by John Derian
2015 First commission to paint site-specific, larger-than-life murals for hotelier Jeff Klein in Los Angeles
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