Katie Holmes Fell for Fashion Before Becoming Mrs. Tom Cruise

08/16/2010 at 01:40 PM ET

Courtesy New York Magazine

Just like her stylish daughter, Suri, Katie Holmes admits to being bit by the fashion bug from the very beginning. “As a child, I was always drawing clothes, and I’ve always loved fabrics,” Katie tells New York magazine as part of their Fall Fashion issue. “I grew up the youngest of five, so there were a lot of hand-me-downs that I would sort of change up,” she says about her early design roots. But it wasn’t until Katie hit Hollywood that the star really fell for fashion. “Part of being in this business is that you’re around really nice clothes,” she tells the publication. “You do these photo shoots, you get exposed to Hermès and Chloé and Armani, and you start to feel the difference.” And as red carpet events started to become de rigueur for Mrs. Tom Cruise, so too did working with stylist Jeanne Yang, whom Katie also found a design partner in. “Jeanne and I were getting ready for something and we thought, men have such beautiful tailored shirts, they have such a uniform, and we thought it would be nice to make things that are simple that you can have forever,” she says about her now two-year-old fashion collection, Holmes & Yang. Check out nymag.com to read more from Katie’s cover shoot. –Andrea DeSimone

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