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Style File: 5 Questions with Elizabeth Rudge

Seattle fashion photographer Elizabeth Rudge talks about what catches her eye.

By Colleen Williams September 16, 2016

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Image by Avi Loud, courtesy of Elizabeth Rudge.

Fashion photographer and videographer Elizabeth Rudge has shot for some of Seattle's big guys (Amazon, Nordstrom), but has a soft spot for local designers. We caught up with her to find out what she's into around town.
Name and occupation?
Elizabeth Rudge, photographer and professor
Quote to live by:
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." (Maya Angelou)
Describe your style.
Describing my style is difficult. I would say "borrowed." All of my most worn/treasured items are things that were given to me by friends or family. A Vivienne Tam dress, a Thrasher trucker hat, vintage bangles from my husband's and my first getaway date, and my favorite statement necklace from Seattle designer Sarah Loertscher. It stills feels romantic to wear my husband's ripped flannels when he's traveling. I have always admired people with a set aesthetic, but for me, wearing these things from people I admire and love is a way of bringing them along on my journey and that for me is comforting.
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Image by Judson Felder, courtesy of Elizabeth Rudge.

As a photographer, it's important to be comfortable and my uniform is mostly variations on black. I've been pregnant twice now in 2 years time so I have been living in Hatch dresses and tops, 7 For All Mankind Maternity Jeans, and some super affordable pieces from ASOS. They actually do maternity well! I've really enjoyed finding brands who make clothing for kids and moms. I'm excited to get into some new pieces I bought from Bobo Choses and Little Creative Factory after baby two arrives later this fall.

Who are your style icons and what inspires you?

Charlotte Rampling and Jane Birkin. I love how sexy the perfect jean and t-shirt can make you feel.

What are your favorite shops or events here in Seattle?
Truth be told, I hate shopping. I'm notorious for "shopping online" which consists of me putting things into a cart and then shutting my laptop and forgetting all about it. When I'm looking for fashion inspiration Bull Dog News quenches the thirst. I can spend hours sifting through international fashion magazines and daydreaming. There is one day that can get me out from behind my screen and into a store and that's the Goodwill Glitter Sale. I'm still rocking finds from years of digs at that sale.

Style File: Five Questions asks the stylish people of Seattle about fashion, inspiration and most importantly–where to shop.
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