This Week | Gail Elliott

Victoria Adelaide: How do you think your career as a top model shaped the fashion designer and creative that you are today?
Gail Elliott: I was extremely fortunate to enjoy a long and successful career as a fashion model for 24 years in the late ’80s and ’90s and had begun to feel a need to express my knowledge, thoughts concerning fashion, and my feelings creatively. Having worked as a fashion model with all the most talented designers of that time, I came to appreciate quality, luxury and how beautiful clothing makes a woman feel. My first designs were simple slip dresses and camisoles—pieces I couldn’t find in stores at the time. I started with six silk slip dresses and six silk camisoles in six colors. These have been staples in every collection because they are feminine, flattering, can be worn with many other pieces of clothing, and always look current and stylish. A slip dress never dates and can be worn alone or with a denim or leather jacket, with heels, flats, boots, under a coat, for day or for evening, in flat solid silk, in shiny silk sateen, or in a print. A silk camisole can be worn with jeans, leather pants or skirts. Both can be worn out, to lounge in at home, or to sleep in. They are the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe and I have them in many colors. In the current collection, I’ve produced them with matching silk, Chantilly lace-trimmed panties in jewel colors. They’re gorgeous…


Interview | Dr. Karen J. Meech

Victoria Adelaide: On October 2017, you got the phone call astronomers dream about. NASA had spotted ‘Oumuamua, the very first visitor from another solar system. Can you tell us about that, as well as what ‘Oumuamua stands for?
Dr. Karen J. Meech: We asked some local Hawaiians to suggest a name. They came up with ‘Oumuamua, which means “messenger or distant scout from afar reaching out to us.” We thought this was a nice name for the first interstellar visitor discovered in our solar system. I had just returned from our main annual meeting on planetary sciences on October 21st, 2017. I had been working around the clock for months without a day off, so I was looking forward to doing absolutely nothing on Sunday. That’s when the PI (principal investigator) of the Pan-STARRS survey called me at home and said, “Karen, I think the object that we discovered on October 19th looks like it has an orbit; that means it’s coming from outside the solar system.”…

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