Dallasite style setter Heidi Dillon is on the move. From her philanthropic work, to being a busy wife and mother, and an occasional reality TV guest appearance, her elevated style is always on the go, too. Here, her pal Lance Avery Morgan catches up with her at the chic contemporary abode that is as filled with light as she is.
Three qualities that got me where I am today are… My personality, my personality, my personality.
How I made my first dollar… was working at Shaper’s Toys which made the games Cooties and Don’t Break the Camel’s Back. That summer I worked the four-to-midnight shift for a few weeks which was fun because it was all kids my age. I saved all of my checks and then right before school started I went to the most expensive store in Minneapolis and bought one outfit.
Last thing I binge/marathon watched… American Horror Story’s Apocalypse. Some of my other favorites have been Sharp Objects, Preacher, Billions and UnReal.
Book that left a lasting impression on me… Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. It’s so incredibly complex with its themes of family, betrayal, faith, and marriage.
If I could live in a foreign city, it would be… Does New York City count?
One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know is… My academic background is art. I have a BFA and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. I taught art at the college level for a number of years and had numerous shows/exhibitions around the country.
If I could compete in an Olympic sport it would be… Boxing. Women’s boxing has been part of the Olympic program since 2012.
The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dry hands is… Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes mascara and Super Star Lips. I refuse to leave the house without putting them on.
A celebrity I would prank phone call and what I would ask them is… A cast member from The Real Housewives of Dallas prank called me last season. I didn’t have a clue who it was so it kind of freaked me out.
My style icon is… I love the first It girl Edie Sedgwick for her iconic 60s style. Diana Ross, the ultimate diva, knew how to use a can of hair spray. Plus, Debbie Harry’s and Janice Joplin’s bad ass rock n’ roll style.
My personal style signifier is… People who know me know that black is my “color” of choice. I lived in New York in the 80s during the renaissance of downtown Manhattan. Bands like the Ramones were playing at CBGB and everyone started wearing head-to-toe black. Other acceptable colors are red and white.
Favorite film I feel has a very fashionable point of view is… I loved Charlize Theron’s looks in Atomic Blonde. She wore vinyl coats which are so strong right now, vintage Dior, Burberry and Margiela.
Classic designer I wish was still designing today is… I had the privilege of meeting Bill Blass shortly before he passed away. In addition to being an extraordinary designer, he was a world-class gentleman. He was so charming, lovely and immaculately dressed. And, Oscar de la Renta. Young men should take a few pages from their playbooks.
My favorite trend in shoes these days is… Balenciaga. In addition to fitting me really well, I adore the combination of classicism and edge that they have.