Burning Questions

See how Amy Poliakoff, Maggie Schaffer, Liz Margulies, Angela Pham, and Claudia Martinez Reardon are doing post-show.

Oct 1, 2012

Claudia Martinez Reardon

Bravotv.com: So what’s going on with End of Century?
Claudia Martinez Reardon: We're better than ever. We've started integrating the store and gallery components of the space by presenting installations that merge fashion and art. Our current exhibition, Initiation, is an installation of wearable art pieces by Cave Collective. There is also an interactive colorful, hanging sanctuary that you can literally sit in, and 12 sound artists, additionally, contributed original pieces for the exhibition. Its up now until October. 18th and was recently written up on Elle.com. The installation really encompasses the mission of the space to be a platform for various forms of art, stretching to fashion, jewelry, music, and two-dimensional pieces. I hope food one day, too. But we'll see.

Bravotv.com: Are you and Chantal on good terms now?
CMR: Friendships have ups and downs, and with every challenge I think is a chance to grow. I'm trying my best now to focus on what I can do to be a better friend and better business partner, in general. Life is a series of evolutions, not absolutes, that's hard to translate on TV though.

Bravotv.com: Do you regret going into business with friends?
CMR: As opposed to going into business with some dude I met on a bus? No.

Bravotv.com: What surprised you most watching the show? How have people reacted to you after seeing the show?
CMR: I was surprised at how negatively people reacted to Chantal, and also how little of the back-breaking part of our work day was left out. I guess people just wanted to see us in swim suits smoking cigars by a pool, though.

Bravotv.com: Any advice for people wanting to break into the art world?
CMR: If you don't see a clearing in the woods, grab a machete and make one for yourself.