HOUSE OF STYLE
Barely 25, the doll-like features of top model Heather Marks have made her a figure that cannot be overlooked in the world of fashion. Dress to KILL caught up with her last February in Montréal, during a shoot emanating a most feminine retro feel.
—By DTK TEAM
From a young age, Heather Marks destiny was already drawn out. At the tender age of twelve, the young girl, originally from Calgary, was discovered in the streets by none other than Kelly Streit, founder of the renowned Mode Models Agency. The latter invited her to audition for his agency, and shortly afterwards she was signed. Three years later, her career takes off: she leaves for Toronto, followed by contracts in New York and flies to Zanzibar in Africa, with just enough time for a shoot. Only her beauty equals her talent, since this same year she dons her first cover for Vogue Italia and makes her runway debut, walking for Givenchy Spring 2003 couture show.
After ten years of working and at the height of her twenties, Heather Marks has done over thirty covers (Glamour, ELLE, Moda, Harper’s Bazaar, etc.), participated in the advertisement campaigns for over sixty fashion designers (Anna Sui, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Just Cavalli, etc.), and has walked for some of the greatest in the industry (Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, etc.). “The most memorable moment in my career was when I was invited to participate in the Chanel Haute Couture show in 2004. I had been working for a very short while, and I was at once impressed and honored. I have an endless admiration for the creators of the Prada and Chanel fashion houses that, each season show classic and timeless collections. At the other end of the spectrum, I love the genius and eccentricity that emanates from Alexander McQueen shows.”
Back to the roots of a Canadian Model
“As the years go by, I realize how enriching this profession can be. In addition to working with incredibly creative people, my work allows me to travel the globe and to discover incredible places.” Now living in Greenwich Village in New York, this globetrotter does not hesitate to often visit her family home to recharge: “ Being Canadian really helped in keeping me grounded, since I grew up in an environment where family values were at the core of everyday life. Whenever I get the chance, I rush home to take refuge in Calgary and my cabin in British Colombia.”
From Western Canada to Montréal, Heather mentions how she really enjoyed herself while shooting for the current issue: “Each time I get the chance to work with stylist Cary Tauben, I know that it will be pure happiness! And it was exactly that. Without mentioning the superb concept that he had.” A concept where the image was at once playful yet put together. Where the picture set is at once timeless yet flirtatious, just like the cotton candy pink Channel suit that Heather Marks dons.
Photography: Richard Bernardin
Creative Director: Sylvain Blais
Model: Heather Marks at Mode Models
Fashion Editor: Cary Tauben at The Project Agency
Hair and makeup: Geneviève Lenneville at Folio
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