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Wavy Women highlights various industry professionals currently leading the game with their brazen creativity and forward-thinking style.

The latest star of our Wavy Women series is none other than Ruth Gruca, Global Fashion Director at MADE, a dynamic platform that connects emerging talent in fashion, music, art and culture with visionary brand partners all over the world. As incubators of some of the most raw and visceral designers in the business, Ruth and her MADE cohorts have made ample strides in changing the way fashion weeks are conducted by creating a multi-disciplinary event where young talent from all fields can let their work shine, presenting in cities from New York and Berlin to Sydney and Los Angeles.

We caught up with Ruth to hear more about her style inspirations, her most treasured life achievements and how she ended up as the fashion power woman that she is today. Read what she had to say below then check out our last installment with tutor to the stars, Tiffany Sorya.

What was the thing that first got you interested in fashion?

I have always cared about my personal style but it was my little sister that really got me into fashion. By third grade she had already designed her first collection inspired by the modern day “cowgirl.” She worked for Michael Jordan Kids, several years for Hood By Air and VFILES, and now sits on the design team at Supreme. I am so proud of her! She is my idol.

What was your first big gig?

I created all of the looks for the Riccardo Tisci x Air Force 1 social media campaign by reconstructing Nike gear to create Aztec-inspired outfits for a group of basketball-players-turned-dance-squad.

Tell us about your day to day.

Since MADE is global, my day-to-day is almost never the same. It’s very rare that I am in one city for longer than two weeks – whether it’s Sydney, LA, Paris, Berlin, I am always on the move!

If you weren’t doing what you are now, where would you work?

I love my job and my MADE fam, but I always thought it would be fun to be a stylist for a professional football player or other athlete.

Describe your current style.

My style changes a lot. One day I’m a gym goth, the next I’m rocking an all-white power suit. I like to dress with a sense of humor and I never take my style too seriously. I have been known to rock a belt with sweatpants or wear a bra over a T-shirt. Today I am wearing a head-to-toe DI$COUNT UNIVER$E sequin look cause I am feeling jazzy : )

Who or what are you currently inspired by?

I am constantly inspired by all of the incredible designers I have the privilege of working with at MADE. This is why I do what I do!

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life so far?

Every accomplishment, be it big or small, has made me the woman I am today and I am blessed to be alive. I love who I am so everything I have achieved is all equally important.

What is your most treasured item of clothing and why?

Wow, this question is really hard to answer. I collect clothes the same way one would collect art. I will buy something and never even wear it, just add it to my archives. If I had to pick one piece though, I would say my vintage Jean Paul Gaultier death metal “Gargoyle of Doom” mesh top…because duh!

Where do you want to be in the next five years?

I want to see MADE expand to Asia. Seoul Fashion Week is one of my favorites – such incredible style!

Dream collaboration? (With whom and what would you create?)

National Geographic x COMME des GARCONS on a new line of puppy clothing.

Words by Nico Amarca
Fashion Editor, North America