Interview: Jeigh Singleton
Jeigh Singleton, Associate Professor of Fashion Design at Washington University and a visionary for the role of design in St. Louis, shares his passion and insight on fashion and life.
What is your current mood or state of mind?
Excitement for what’s next.
What makes you happy?
My kids’ [graduates’] accomplishments.
What is your idea of misery?
When people don’t trust me.
What did you eat for breakfast today?
Coffee, toast, wedge of watermelon, slice of cantaloupe and some strawberries and grapes.
What’s one word that describes you?
What trait do you value most in others?
Who would you most like to be?
I’m having too much fun being me to want to be anyone else.
What’s your favorite color?
Any color other than black.
What is your favorite food?
What food do you like the least?
Any dish that requires a special implement to eat, any food one has to eat with bare hands and any food that is best consumed outdoors.
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would that be?
My friend Terri Davis Frederick because she’s amusing, informed, critical and caring.
What vice do you most tolerate in others?
What excites you?
A well-designed Tommy Bahama tie or belt created by one of my students.
What do you consider a turn off?
People not taking risks.
What do you love?
Being in love.
What do you hate?
The term “I can’t.”
What are you most looking forward to?
This upcoming school year and having new kids on the block.
What is one thing you wish would happen?
The whirling thoughts around fashion in St. Louis could come together to make a significant difference in the fashion landscape.
What’s something interesting that you just learned?
The secret to making great slipcovers.
What is your personal motto?
“If you can describe it, you can design it.”
In another life, you’d be:
What is your current obsession?
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
“Pant” as an article of clothing.
Your hidden talent:
I can teach someone how to set a welt zipper better than anyone in the world.
If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say?
“You know, being black is really an advantage.”
Archetypes are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis’ most inspiring, well-known personalities based on the 19th century parisian parlor game known as the Proust Questionaire.
Photo credit: Photos by Wesley Law | Art Direction By David Hsia