From Fashion Designer To COVID Community Builder (Rebecca Moses)

Reading: #127: Pivoting In A Pandemic From Fashion Designer To COVID Community Builder (Rebecca Moses)

#127: Pivoting In A Pandemic From Fashion Designer To COVID Community Builder (Rebecca Moses)

March 19 2021

Rebecca Moses knew from an early age she wanted to be a fashion designer. Graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), she landed her first job at Pierre Cardin and launched her own clothing line. On a trip to Italy to check out a factory, she fell in love with the owner. For 20 years Moses lived and worked outside of Milan and raised her two boys. But when her husband died suddenly in 2010, she tells CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour, her world turned “upside down.” Returning to New York City to raise her boys, she wrote a book (Rebecca Moses: A Life of Style), and dove into painting, illustration, and animations for organizations like the Fragrance Foundation and Bergdorf Goodman. The pandemic was “a frightening time for the entire world,” she says. “My family in Italy was in a very bad way. I could hear the sirens of ambulances which drove me crazy.” Feeling “helpless” and like she had to do something, Moses went onto Instagram and asked women to share the stories of their lives during the pandemic. She offered to draw them. “Letters flew in — humorous, sad, inspirational from six continents.” Moses “painted like a madwoman and didn’t sleep.” 400 portraits later, her project which she calls the Stay Home Sisters is going strong. “These women come from all walks of life: there is diversity in backgrounds, religion, careers. What happened next is the women connected with each other and said, ‘you’re not alone.’ It became a movement.” Moses is still taking entries! Some of the series will be shown at the Guggenheim and the portraits of nurses will be touring a hospital. “This past year witnessed lost of people revaluation gather lives,” Moses says. “Ask yourself, ‘Is this the life I want to live?’”