Douglas Perrett is obsessed with models. But not in a creepy way. He began casting shows at Parsons, where he attended with the likes of design duo Proenza Schouler and photographer Ryan McGinley, but disillusioned with models.com, he decided to do his own thing. The supermodel savvy New Yorker (by way of Venezuela and Oakland, California) began penning a blog called Confessions of a Casting Director
, posting Polaroids of fresh faces. Cue to a couple of years later and Perrett's site is now scoured by editors, photographers, and designers alike, he started a street casting agency, Development NYC, and he's responsible for finding the girls to grace the catwalks of Benjamin Cho, Vena Cava, Verrier, Erin Fetherston, and more. With Fashion Week behind him, Perrett finds a rare free moment to reveal who he thinks will be the next top models (see them below!).
SAMANTHA GILEWICZHow did you get into the casting business?
I have been casting for eight years; it’s been a business for four, and a real business for two.What made you want to start a blog about it?
I was tired of waiting for models.com to update. So I did my own thing. I’m obsessed with Polaroid sheets and the way model agencies market themselves.Do you have a method to matching the right model to the right label?
Clients have different taste levels: Some want skin and bones, some want tall and expensive, some want tits and hips. I take it all in and make it Douglas Perrett.Who are a couple of models that you’ll never tire of?
Carmen Kass and her cu*tyness. Amanda Moore, everyone’s wet dream. And Sara Ziff, a real New Yorker-model-student-film maker.What shows are you particularly looking forward to this season?
Benjamin Cho, Vena Cava, Verrier, Patrik Ervell, Erin Fetherston, Tim Hamilton, Chris Benz, and Ohne Titel.List five things that you’re excited about now.
1. My street casting agency, Development NYC. Our kids are everywhere!
2. My casting T-shirts this Fashion Week, designed by David Covell for Blood Is The New Black. We are gonna sell them online.
3. The Wall Street Journal online. They have amazing fashion week coverage.
4. My new team of assistants. They kicked ass during shows. Very up-and-coming.
5. Menswear in NY—with designers like Patrik Ervell and Tim Hamilton, I feel like NY is finally interesting.coacd.blogspot.com