Photo by Justice McLelllan
I first met the fiery redhead Hannah Georgas not too long after I moved to Toronto. At the time, I was working for AUX TV and had the pleasure of chatting with her just before the release of her first full-length record. I right away felt a connection with this fierce woman. She’s an incredible songwriter and always writes the most touching lyrics. In the past couple of years, she’s gone on to tour around the world, play countless festivals, receive Juno nominations, etc. She will be heading to the UK in May to play a series of dates including The Great Escape festival before doing a round of festivals across Canada this summer. She always has the cutest dresses on stages and a really fun style, so I’m thrilled she took some time off of writing new material to answer a few of my questions. Here are my 5 Questions With: Hannah Georgas.
1) Can you talk to us about your style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today?
I grew up living under the same roof with my three sisters who were all into style and fashion. They had very strong opinions about what they liked and didn’t like. I was a bit of an outcast or at least I felt that way.. I enjoyed keeping things fairly simple and casual. I remember getting into the flare on my pants (size of flare varied over the years) in high school and bought a lot of my jeans from a place called Jean Machine at Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket, Ontario.
My style has evolved over the years and I no longer sport anymore body piercings. I was almost kicked out of the house for getting my eye brow pierced (my poor mum). Little did she know I had my nipple pierced at one point..ouch!
I think for the most part though ‘everyday Hannah’ has remained fairly consistent.
I really enjoy finding vintage pieces. I started getting into vintage shopping when I moved out West and was attending university. I think my budget had a lot to do with it at the time and then I started finding cool dresses for stage wear and other musical endeavours. Everyday life and performance life are two really different things in my mind. I have a lot of fun dressing up for shows and I love the idea of having something visually appealing for the audience. I enjoy transforming and showing a different side of me on stage.
2) Who are your style icons?
These are artists that I adore and draw a lot of visual inspiration from..
MIA, Fiona Apple, David Bowie, Tim Burton, Chan Marshall from Cat Power, Peaches
3) How do you pick out your clothes for tour and stage? What are your tour must-haves?
I like to put together and prepare pieces/dresses that I’m excited about before I head out on the road. I always make sure I bring the right undergarments (bodysuits, nude bras, underwear) for certain pieces I have. Performance shoes are a big thing for me too and having the right ones for a specific outfit.
4) Who are some of your favourite designers and/or brands?
Treana Peake is a designer from Vancouver and has a line called Obakki. I have been wearing a lot of her pieces the past while. I love her work and she’s an inspiration to me. Her designs are beautiful, comfortable and elegant.
5) What makes you feel good/confident as an artist and performer?
Feeling comfortable in my skin is my number one thing. Keeping myself healthy and fresh is also very important to me too. I get a little fussy about my hair situation pre show and so a good hair day always makes me happy. Walking off stage and feeling like I gave it my all makes me a happy camper.
Thanks so much for your time Hannah!