Bio: Stylist Kalitza Pagan brings creativity and vision to every look she produces. She has intense attention to detail and focus, allowing her to present designers’ true visions on the runway and in print. She is a joy to work with and has the ability to make any team a family.
Kalitza has worked Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for nine seasons. She recently produced two fashion shows at the Velour Lounge and has styled countless photo shoots. Designer Diana Eng chose Kalitza to style a photo exhibit at the MOMA. She is a regular contributor to Anolie Magazine, including the NYC Street Style blog and has two upcoming editorials: Country/Rock N Roll and Fit for a Queen. Her styling has also been featured in Bleu and Vigore magazines.
Interview with Kalitza Pagan
Dhylles Davis: Who is Kalitza Pagan?
Kalitza Pagan: Kalitza Pagan is a mother of two amazing daughters, an entrepreneur, a fashion stylist, a great friend, and a business woman. Like most woman I am a jack of all trades.
Dhylles: When did you realize you were born an accomplishment?
Kalitza: During my graduation ceremony at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I excelled in the fashion styling certification program and paid my way through the two-year program.
It was always a dream to attend the prestigious school and there I was graduating.
It was during that ceremony that my path became very clear. My life as an accomplished woman began that day.
Dhylles: When was the last time you cried and why?
Kalitza: I cried on April 19th because it was the 4 year anniversary of my mother’s death. I am ok though. It was a cleansing cry. She was my first fashion inspiration. She owned a pair of black patent leather stilettos and I wore them around the house as a kid all the time. She was a timeless beauty with amazing taste.
Dhylles: Where does your passion, motivation and drive come from?
Kalitza: It comes from so many different places, home with my mom and grandmother was one place. But I have to say that my edge and passion for original style definitely derives from growing up in the Bronx, NY during the 1980’s & 1990’s. Street fashion was thriving back then. So many original fashion trends were developed on the streets on NYC and it’s outer boroughs during these decades. Originality and creativity was cherished back then. St. Marks and the village at this time were my go-to shopping destinations with stores like Unique and Trash and Vaudeville. I also used to get my Steve Madden shoes and girly attire from the boutique Revolution on 3rd Avenue in the Bronx. It was during these times that I realized my love for creativity, clothing, and art. I began to nurture this craft immediately after. I tried school for fashion design but was a terrible sketcher and broke two sewing machines. 😦 I then discovered what a fashion stylist was in 2006 and went full fledge into turning that into my career.
Dhylles: Do you view the glass half full or half empty? Please explain
Kalitza: As I get older and become more accomplished in life I now always see the glass as half full. This is because as I complete set goals and check off my to-do list, it’s clear to me that the glass is half full. Full of hard work, success, failed attempts, and do-overs. When you have a dream and go after it you consider your life full during both the highs and the lows.
Dhylles: Thanks so much for sharing Kalitza!
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