Peggy Noland is a fashion designer based out of Kansas City. Labeled as “wonderfully weird” by her peers, Noland is not afraid to use bright colors, wild textures and hard-to-miss patterns. She has become most famous for her bold styles, designing pieces for entertainers performing all over the world. Noland has designed stage wear for groups such as Lovefoxxx, SSION and Tilly and the Wall. In addition to designing, Noland has given lectures on fashion at the Kansas City Art Institute and runs her own store in Kansas City.
What makes KC a great environment for creativity and the arts?
I don’t think there’s anything really different about now but I do think more people are noticing Kansas City. It’s been a build-up of energy and individuals that are always constantly working and it’s like now people are smart enough to pay attention. There are a lot of us here who are getting noticed more now.
What is your favorite spot in Kansas City?
My parents’ house. There’s a nice cozy couch. There’s food in the refrigerator. And it’s the house I grew up in so there are a lot of good memories there.
Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
Mumbai. I spent some time in India for a job. That was my first experience being a minority in another country and that was a great growth experience for me.
What's your most treasured possession?
I’m a nostalgic person and I have a box in my bedroom filled with old knick knacks from when I was a kid. Little erasers and stickers and little things but they tell a lot about who I am.
Who is your favorite hero from fiction?
Jem. She was like a rock star in cartoons.
Who do you most admire in real-life?
When and where are you happiest?
In the morning. When the day is new. I usually get real inspired by new ideas right before I go to bed so when I wake up in the mornings I have all of these ideas and things I’m desperate to get started on.