If you ask FR Gillette when he became interested in interior design he’ll say he doesn’t remember ever not being interested.
Take a look at his high school yearbook and you will see best wishes for a successful career in interior design from his classmates.
Those plans changed however upon discovering he had a natural talent for doing hair and makeup and a budding love of fashion magazines. His well-documented career working with the most esteemed fashion and beauty photographers, editors, magazines and advertising agencies provided an invaluable education. Perhaps most valuable the importance of attention to detail. The necessity and ability to constantly come up with new ideas quickly, yet maintaining an evolving style during those years became one of the qualities he was best known for. By 1989 he felt he had exhausted the creative opportunities in the area of hair and makeup and turned to photography to express his take on portraiture, beauty and fashion.
This work brought together all of what he had learned from the greats. An innate sense of lighting, composition and awareness of environment gave his photographs a particular point of view. His subjects were diverse; writers, composers, socialites, models, performance artists, actors, dancers and advertising campaigns.
Throughout his careers, architecture and interior design remained an ever-present source of inspiration. The magazine and advertising industry had served him well providing immeasurable gifts.
By the late nineties it was once again time for a career change. The realm of interior design, where he could take advantage of his knowledge of composition, scale, color, and the experience of working with other creative minds toward a common goal, seemed the natural choice.