Why the Worlds of Fashion and Surfing Need Each Other

Earlier this year, six-time world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore traded in her bikini for a burgundy one-shoulder Marchesa gown and accompanied Kelly Slater to the Met Ball. This wasn’t the first time the worlds of fashion and surf collided—Tommy Hilfiger’s S/S 14 collection and the recent resurgence of neoprene in ready-to-wear immediately come to mind—and it certainly won’t be the last. As more and more women join the sport, the demand for apparel that marries fashion and function continues to grow, giving way to cool collections like Roxy’s Pop Surf and Cynthia Rowley’s colorful wetsuits. For a deeper dive into this topic, we chatted with Gilmore after our editorial shoot about surfing the fashion wave, her style off the beach, and more. Keep reading for our exclusive interview.