Toshiko Mori
Age: 50 plus
Job: Robert P. Hubbard, architecture professor and chairman of the Department of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Principal, Toshiko Mori Architect, New York.
Residence: Cambridge and New York
What's the m ost indispensable piece of clothing in your closet that you cannot live without ?
An unlined beige nylon trenchcoat.
Whose style do you most admire and want to emulate?
Our professor emeritus Eduard Sekler for his intelligence, energy, and sensible style, and humane perspective and generosity.
What does style mean to you?
A sense of self and individuality.
Describe your personal style.
I travel a lot, therefore practicality, functionality, and mobility are very high criteria on my list. I am interested in innovative textiles and some natural materials and weaves. Rather classic styles that get me through day to night are also helpful.
Where do you shop for clothes?
I do not have a specific store. I really do not have time for shopping and I try to economize in my dressing time so the choice is limited. I tend to shop whenever I have extra time in different cities so the choice is a rather eclectic mix. One place that saves me is Hillside Cleaners on Brattle Street; they are the best cleaners. I am more concerned about maintenance since I tend to have a few quality pieces and I keep them for a long time. (They help me with my occupational hazard of absent-minded professors spilling red wine over my clothes.)
If you were making up the list, who is the one person you would include?
I would nominate my students at the GSD. Each one has individual style, sense of self, point of view, and a high energy level of intellectual curiosity and design sense.