Interview: Elizabeth Ilsley

Elizabeth Ilsley is much more than a name meticulously scrawled across the bottom of a leather jacket in white leather paint. An Instagram success story, her slogan adorned leather jackets are now stocked at Liberty and maaaaaan, they are popular. Also turning her hand to painting on vintage leather trousers alongside her existing work with prints, her success is going nowhere to go but upwards. We talked to her about her musical influences and who’s album cover she’d love to design.

Did you ever imagine that your leather jackets would take off in such a big way?

I never imagined that anything would’ve come out of the first leather jacket I painted. I kind of forgot that instagram existed outside of my circle and could be shared and liked by the world.

Who are your biggest musical influences on your work?

Definitely, Hole, Metronomy’s English Riveria and Love Letters album’s really inspired me to write about love and loss. A lot of melancholic and angry music inspires my art, like Broadcast or the Dammed and Patti Smith.

If you could design an album cover for any artist, who would they be and why?

I would love to do Chemical Brothers album art, They always have really interesting visuals and that would be amazing to be a part of.

What makes the perfect night out? 

Perfect night out would be… Well I have 2. Either a bar crawl in Liverpool because I love it there. Or pub and take ages to get ready with my mates, then go Magic Door in Birmingham it’s a disco-y rave that is really trippy and magical and each time I’ve been has been so memorable and amazing.

What’s your favourite David Bowie album?

Definitely Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Can you describe yourself in five words?

Loner, loving, loyal, loud and drunk.

What’s your favourite item of clothing you’ve ever bought?

HAS to be my Vampires Wife dress. Fuck its perfect. It’s emerald green, chiffon, fifties cut, it fits like a glove. Susie Cave designed it and its cooler than I can describe.

Who are you listening to right now?

Right this second I am listening to the Scott Mills show, I’m obsessed with him and radio. But if you mean music generally I’m listening to a lot of Skinny Girl Diet, Modest Mouse’s Float On is on repeat in my head at all times. I’ve been loving Seat At The Table and a lot of 00’s Ibiza tunes for summer like Armand Van Helden and Fat Boy Slim.

Who is your most beloved female idol? 

My beloved female idol would be, Tracey Emin because she was the first idol I had younger who I didn’t just respect because of her looks or clothes she wears like many other idols of mine.

You can check out Elizabeth’s online store, gallery and all round portal of imagination here: https://www.elizabethilsley.com

Words by Molly Davies

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