Meet Michelle Buckley the graphic designer and woman behind one of our favourite Instagram accounts @fashionsocialgifs.

Image taken from @fashionsocialgifs

 

Did you always know you wanted to focus your work towards fashion?

Yes, I was always obsessed with magazines growing up and spent hundreds of pounds buying them to the dismay of my parents at the time. I would get Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle and Harpers Bazaar monthly and pour through their shoots and the design. I still have my all my old copies filled on book shelves in my room back home.

 

If you weren’t a graphic designer what else would you be doing?

I have always been quite theatrical growing up. I would’ve loved to have worked in theatre or become a makeup artist.

 

What has been your career’s  biggest ‘pinch me’ moment to date?

During my career I have been very lucky to work with some amazing designers, photographers and illustrators. My most personal ‘pinch me moment’  was whilst I was working at The Sunday Times Style magazine. I spearheaded the social gifs on their Instagram account creating animated covers and shoot pieces. One of my floral inspired gifs featuring Kendall Jenner was able to generate the most liked and engaged pieces of social content they had posted across all their channels (which I believe still holds the highest liked post today). This then gave me the courage and inspired me to create my own social media design business @fashionsocialgifs

 

Image taken from @theststyle

Check out the The Sunday Times Style gif featuring Kendall Jenner here.

 

What inspires you?

I’m obsessed with fairy tales and escapism, which inspires my animated gifs. Huge inspirations of mine are photographers such as Tim Walker and Miles Aldridge. Both can transport you to fantastical imaginative worlds through fashion and their set designs.

 

What do you listen to when your working?

Old school soul/RnB and Mowtown.

 

What would you dream collaboration?

Beyoncé ! Her social is creative and fresh – I’d love to design gif’s for her instagram.

 

Favourite Instagram account?

@coverjunkie

 

Image taken from @coverjunkie