As director of strategic initiatives at the NC Museum of Art, Marjorie Hodges wears many hats, from advocacy to advising to engaging the community. Hodges moved to Raleigh from Park City, Utah in 2001 and has worked as director of CAM Raleigh and as a partner at Flanders Gallery. “There are so many talented people living in our city and a distinct cultural scene here,” says Hodges, herself a classically trained pianist. “The arts bring people together to highlight the issues of our time, as well as to support each other.”
Hometown: Monticello, a small town in northern Florida known for its gorgeous plantations. My family still owns a ranch and raises Angus cattle there.
Your neighborhood: I recently moved to the Hudson in downtown Raleigh.
What you love most about Raleigh: The people. I’m astounded by the close-knit community and hospitality throughout the Triangle. The diverse population growth is making our city more interesting.
Currently reading: I just finished “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, a terrific book about living a creative life without fear. Next will be “On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong.
Currently listening to: Dorothy Ashby, Chet Baker and Angel Olsen. My daughter is constantly turning me on to new and old music. Also, the Avett Brothers, Amos Lee and Al Strong. And Tift Merritt’s songs warm my soul.
Style mantra: Elegant and artful. Most of my wardrobe is navy, white, denim and black. I almost always add a statement coat, interesting pair of shoes or floral blouse. My tastes are becoming a bit more feminine. I love a dramatic ball gown for evening and a comfortable navy slip dress for day.
Style influencers: I’ve always admired Grace Kelly’s style: elegant and glamorous. Christy Turlington has effortless, elegant style. Also, Charlize Theron. She is a bit more daring.
Favorite clothing labels: My friend Wes Gordon now designs for Carolina Herrera. I love Balenciaga, Rosie Assoulin and Dries Van Noten for special occasions. Also, Ganni, Khaite and the Row. I’m editing my closet right now. Less is more. Quality over quantity.
Flats vs. Heels: Heels whenever possible, I love a glamorous pump. But, let’s face it, they’re not practical for wearing all day. I find myself living in boots and wedges. I have a collection of boots—booties, cowboy boots, feminine boots and knee-high boots.
Local go-to shop: Vermillion. I also enjoy the French influence at Vert and Vogue. Vintage shopping at House of Landor is fun for special events. Raleigh Denim for jeans and leather goods.
Last great lunch: Bida Manda. I’m obsessed with the Herb Salad there.
Go-to piece: A bubble dress by Zero Maria Cornejo, alone as a dress or with sleek leggings. I have one in black and tan.
Favorite bling: Actually, I don’t wear a lot of jewelry. When I do, it’s usually a statement piece by Lizzie Fortunato, Peppertrain or The Woods.
Travel dreaming: The Galapagos Islands.
How you stay fit: Walking [local trails and greenways] and occasional yoga or pilates.
Favorite drink: It’s hard to beat a terrific white burgundy. I start every day with a strong cup of coffee.
Style secret: Good posture. I had many years of ballet which helped me. My mother told me every single day, “Marjorie, stand up straight and hold your shoulders back.”
Moments in your life that inspired your style: Most definitely, my involvement with artists. Artists have great personal style. Spending so much time in New York has helped make black my “go-to” color.