A former ballerina, Allison is now a freelance travel and lifestyle writer and theatre publicist. She says she’s inspired by her home city of Cape Town as well as superb innovation, and for this issue, interviewed South African-born fragrance visionary Etienne de Swardt at his store in the Marais district of Paris (page 34). What’s your favourite art form? Classical ballet in the style of 20th-century choreographer George Balanchine. Who are some of your favourite South African
artists? Vladimir Tretchikoff, Claudia Liebenberg and Claire Gunn. Dream galleries or museums around the world you’d like to visit? MONA in Tasmania, the Potala Palace in Tibet and Vitamin Creative Space in Beijing. If money were no object, what work of art would you treat yourself to? Tretchikoff’s ‘Lady from Orient’. What’s your earliest art-related memory? An 1874 painting by Edgar Degas called ‘The Ballet Class’ that I first saw when I was six years old. I fancied myself as a ballerina from that moment on.