Marie Claire‘s Nina Garcia Is In

Last week, we were so excited about Marie Claire‘s new publisher, Nancy Berger Cardone, we completely missed this interview on with the women’s magazine’s fashion director, Nina Garcia.

Garcia talked to FishbowlNY contributor and Lunch columnist Diane Clehane about juggling Project Runway and her fashion director responsibilities, leaving Elle for Marie Claire back in 2008, and advice for aspiring magazine fashionistas.

Our favorite quotes, after the jump

On juggling Marie Claire with Project Runway and a “typical day” while working on both:

“It’s a four-week shooting schedule, and the show shoots every two days. At the magazine, I come in at nine, and I leave when we’re done. The show usually starts taping around 11 o’clock and ends around seven. I try to pop into the office before the show, and afterwards, I go directly home when I can. If there’s an industry event I have to go to, I’ll sometimes go all made up and ‘camera ready.'”

On her decision to leave Elle and whether the tabloid attention surprised Garcia:

“I was pleasantly surprised. I noticed that I had a lot of fans in the industry and on the outside.”

Advice for people looking to get into magazine publishing:

“This industry will probably evolve even more. I also think that people [who] are looking to get into the business are more equipped than we were back then. They have more skill sets — they use Twitter, they blog, they have all these other skills. If that is your dream, then follow your dream and do not give up. You have to be very consistent and tenacious. Publishing is a wonderful, wonderful industry. I think there will always be room for talented people, incredible images and incredible writing.”

Read the whole interview: So What Do You Do, Nina Garcia?

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