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Introducing Colour Analyst Katherine Schlagal (Texas)

Introducing Colour Analyst Katherine Schlagal (Texas)

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In Katherine’s words below, she says some nice things about our time together. I can assure you that the pleasure and the honour were mine. She was a brilliant student, with the wisdom and humility to know that we all remain students in the subjects we love if we are to excel. This, I admire.

An intelligent woman once said to me, “It is a great thing to remain teachable.” I may have quoted it before because it left such an impression. It is true at any age, and probably what I most enjoyed about teaching Katherine. Because she can think and her mind is able to absorb knowledge quickly, learning should be easy but these are not enough to truly grow. So importantly, her nature already holds the flip side, which is the personal confidence to explore the difficult questions openly and honestly, without theatre or judgment. A person who can do this for herself can do so for her clients.  This, along with her beautiful social competence, create the type of analyst that I hold most dear – the analyst focussed on the highest theoretical and technical standard, who still places the needs and concerns of the client foremost.

I loved meeting Katherine.  I love the honesty, sensitivity, and maturity with which she tells her story. You will too.

Hi everyone 🙂 My name is Katherine Schlagal. I’m a Music Therapist from San Antonio TX, and now a 12 Blueprints Certified Personal Color Analyst.

I started my journey into color analysis four years ago while I was in college working on my degree in music therapy. I had found and was fascinated by the system. I read every article of information I could find on the subject and knew I wanted to know more. In July of 2013, I scheduled to see a Sci/Art analyst who told me I was a True Autumn. It was a great experience, and another stepping stone on my journey. I was still trying to learn as much as I could, and it seemed I could never read enough about it. It was something I couldn’t stop talking about. I told all my friends and family, and started to find that it was something lots of people were interested in. By 2014, I contacted Christine, and scheduled to go to Canada to be trained.

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Training with Christine was an amazing experience. It was great to learn under her genius and she was a brilliant teacher. I feel confident in my ability to deliver this service to people back home now. During my training, Christine draped me as a Bright Winter. I think I literally went through the five stages of grief as she draped me. First I tried to deny what the colors were doing in front of my eyes, but I couldn’t for very long. Then I was angry, because it was very apparent autumn was my worst season, and I had been buying autumn colors for over two years. Next I was depressed. Not because I didn’t like my new colors, but because I knew I now had a wardrobe of clothes that were my worst colors, and I would be starting over from scratch. The bargaining stage came next. I thought to myself, “Well maybe I’m a dark winter, at least that’s closer to autumn than bright winter, right…?”. Nope, a bargain was not to be made. Lastly, came acceptance. I made peace with my true colors and my world brightened. I was seeing a different person in the mirror, and I liked her. Christine had said she hoped that I would change seasons, so I could understand my client’s perspective of buying the wrong clothes for years and having to start over from scratch. Well I can assure you, I get it now. But as I feel about anything in life, finding the truth is better than any other alternative.

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Katherine with her husband, Andrew

What excites me about Color analysis is that it celebrates the colors that are within all of us, and it lets people know what’s special and unique about their own coloring. It’s a rewarding experience to find someone’s season and watch their eyes light up as they see their own potential and beauty. The media tells people they are inadequate as they are, that what’s inherent in them is wrong and needs to be changed to have value. This system combats the negativity in that message by showing people that the opposite is true, that who they are and how the came into the world is magnificent already, and it’s the clothing and cosmetics that have been wrong. That’s what I love about it and that’s what I want to bring to people.

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To start out I will be offering Personal Color Analysis in a studio in a private residence. I really see the value of the luxury drapes and would like to offer them in the future, but do not have them at this time. I have a love and interest in makeup and I plan on offering foundation matching and cosmetics as part of my analysis appointments. I believe it’s a very applicable and necessary part of learning one’s season, and I think it’s something many women will find valuable. I would also like to offer personal image analysis in the future, because I believe people need to know the truth of both their colors and lines to be successful when buying clothes. I’m looking forward to getting started and plan on being open officially for business on June 1, 2015.


Website:  (will be live on June 1/15)



16 Thoughts on Introducing Colour Analyst Katherine Schlagal (Texas)

  • "; ?> Daga

    Kathryn looks beautiful and much younger in BW photos.

    It’s worrying that so many people have different PCA results. I wonder is it so easy to make mistake or some analysts follow Seasons stereotypes? Kathryn looks warm and I wouldn’t think she’s a Winter… still it’s hard not to see “autumn dead skin effect” as I would call it (sorry for being harsh, but after few PCA I saw, A has this power). Another thing is that I have a friend very similar in colouring, not draped but I’m certain a Winter – I see with my own eyes how she blooms in W colours. Despite “common sense” based on overall appearance, she’s darker and cooler than me – it surprises me every time we try on clothes. It’s hard to “wipe-off” all the stereotypes.

  • "; ?> Daga

    *Sorry for wrong name spelling, not the first time I write faster than I read.

  • "; ?> inge

    Such a beautiful Katherine, and such a gifted woman!
    It is truly wonderful to have a good ear for music and a good eye for colours . I wish her good luck, heaps of good luck!!

  • "; ?> Jane

    You look lovely in the BW drapes. I think it’s genuinely concerning though, that you had a previous incorrect Sci/Art draping. As a consumer, one of the things that prevents me from forking out the cash is the high rate of incorrect analyses. Who needs the hassle?
    I’ve seen several Autumn range post-draping photos online that have really raised my eyebrows. I don’t know what anyone can do to decrease the number of funky draping results and thank you, Christine, in light of the apparent flaws in the process, for including this information in Katherine’s story. Surely the system would be better advanced by including some kind of screening process, before people pay for training, that can give some indication of their capacity to “read the drapes”. Otherwise, what is it? The luck of the draw?

  • "; ?> Paisley

    I remember you! Do you remember me? I’m the one who kept telling you that you were not a True Autumn! 😀 So happy for you that you’ve been correctly draped and I know you will be a huge success. Congratulations and all best wishes!

  • "; ?> Jasmine

    welcome and best of luck katherine!
    even from these photos you do not appear to be an autumn, and there seem to be a number of stories of people being wrongly color diagnosed. makes me wonder if it is a flaw in the system? or that maybe practitioners need to be better screened.

  • "; ?> ruby

    Katherine, I am so glad the photo of you in Autumn makeup and clothes is included in this, it is incredibly useful for someone trying to learn in order to assess their own season, as I am, to see unflattering as well as best colours on someone, to get a direct comparison. It’s lovely to see the pictures of people looking glowing and radiant in their season’s colours, as appear in some of the articles on this website, but it’s only half the story.
    Christine or any other colour analysts out there, I’d like to know: do people of a particular season always look worst in the same season – what I mean is, in the article Katherine says true autumn turned out to be her worst season, would that apply to all bright winters? Or is it more individual than that? Also, if true autumn is a bright winter’s worst colours, does that mean that bright winter is a true autumn’s worst colours? I ask the latter not least because I think I might be a true autumn, and what set me off on my quest for my season was noticing how terrible I look in cool bright colours. That royal blue that Katherine is so flattered by makes me look like I have jaundice!

  • "; ?> olga

    A autumn… clear… nope.

  • "; ?> Jane

    Exactly, where’s the “richness”? I think some of the stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason. She doesn’t even give off the vibe of an Autumn, or have the look of an Autumn. Her bone structure has nothing in it that I can see that says, hello, I’m some kind of Autumn. No squares anywhere. Would you put square shapes on this person? I’m tending to think these days that you’ve got to look at the WHOLE person. The colours and design elements aren’t going to clash if you’re getting it right. They all lead somewhere together. I am glad that you found your correct colours though, I think it would have been a real shame if you’d gone around cloaked in Autumn colours for years, being obscured.

  • "; ?> AC

    Congratulations and welcome Katherine. You are beautiful and even more so in BW colours. Truly stunning. And with your personal experience of getting it wrong and then seeing it right and readjusting you are bound to help a lot of people.

    Friends – wrong drapings happen and have happened before. Also within SciArt. I am no specialist, just a costumer who was also draped wrongly and didn’t get it right till I found a 12B trained analyst. May I just offer the following observations:
    1. Some clients – including Kathering judging by photos – have really good skin and striking features, and getting it right and finding both the wrong and the right colours is far from straight forward.
    2. Some analyst have developed pretty far from SciArt – but they still own the drapes and work with those. Some work based purely on intuition – not comparison.
    3. “Colour analyst” is not a protected title. I don’t know of any other analysts but the 12B’s who actually meet and evaluate and train – even after their graduation. And there is no way of policing the business. Bad hairdressers exist too. They are still hairdressers. As a costumer do research before you put the cash down.
    4. We are dealing with people. Even pilots and doctors make mistakes. So can colour analysts. (Usually with lesser consequences than what may occur in the two above mentioned businesses. )

  • "; ?> Jane

    Hairdressers and pilots both train for more than three days, thank god. They then do apprenticeships. I happen to think it’s a bit of a cowboy approach and you can rationalise it away by comparisons that don’t really stack up all you want. It’s still three days training, at a cost about equivalent to a year’s university undergraduate study, in my area, plus drapes, then you’re licensed and ready to charge full fees. I guess that’s the nature of the beast, common across the whole industry. You either accept that, or you don’t.

  • "; ?> inge

    Maybe many of the “errors” happen because the analysts cannot dissociate between their own favourite colours and the good colours for their clients, in the same way many clients cannot accept their best colours. I guess that the training addresses this issue, but it might be quite difficult to achieve the impartial eye.

  • "; ?> Daga

    AC, of course mistakes happen, someone can just have a bad day. Still mistaking BW for an TA seems a lot. I think Inge has the best point. I thought that to miss the effect A has on skin the analyst must have pre-judged the Season basing on stereotypes but personal attachment to colours may be even harder to control.

    I say it’s hard to mistake other Seasons for A not because Katherine looks terrible in A photo (she still is an attractive woman and she looks good, just not nearly as good as in BW). It’s because “live” the effect is greater judging from what I see on me (BSp) and my close ones who have been draped (LSp, TSu), especially when there is comparison to other colours. Autumn sucks life from our faces and I suspect it’s the same for BW.

    I wonder do ours (clients) attachments to colours do not play big part in this kind of mistakes… Maybe the face “lightens” when someone smiles because she/he likes certain colours. I think it’s hard to filtrate that and someone may subconsciously (or not) follow it to deliver the outcome the person likes the most. I had a fear that something like that may happen on my PCA so I said that something like “I fully depend on your proffesional judgment” and sat like a wax statue almost the entire process, to the point my analyst asked me don’t I see how great I look. The truth was I was dancing inside wearing BSp drapes and hardly could restrain myself 🙂 She must have been surprised how I burst with joy afterwards. Maybe I was extreme but I easily get excited or talkative and didn’t want to distract the analyst.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      About TA being the worst Season for BW – no rules that can go across all human beings of all colourings in all Seasons. Also depends on how one defines worst, I suppose. For many BW, the Summer drapes can be the first to be disqualified with certainty. Every person is a new PCA adventure. BW have some similarities with one another, same as there are many kinds of apples that have things the same. They are all more like apples than they are like bread or meat. And they are more like fruit than ice cream. Same thing in a way. BW are all similar, and more like W. Asking if A is the worst on W is therefore much too general. What kind of A, what kind of W, which colours exactly, and on which specific person are all relevant to the answer.

      About flaws in systems. AC answered the Q well. Also, perhaps the recent post about How PCA Has Changed. The training is far more intensive and structured, the drapes are excellent, the teachers understand their discipline better each day. We are evolving and improving like every other field. As Jane says, there is no perfect industry to compare with. We agree that draping 7 people during training is a bare minimum. The analyst then practices on about 20 people before seeing clients. The new analyst is better equipped than you may think and we continue to support them post-training. At which point the system is close enough to perfect for you to pursue its service…well, again to paraphrase Jane, I guess every one of us would have our own answer and it would be different for every service we buy.

      For the public to speculate about variable results is a bit like me speculating about why lawyers come to different decisions, or doctors, or engineers, or hair colourists, or anybody else in a field that I do not understand. It is near impossible to grasp decision making processes in a field where we are an outsider looking in. Anyone would say that of a member of the public looking into their profession and offering advice. Some is true, some isn’t, and untangling it is hopeless until the playing field is level.

      Re- screening applicants. Not something I would do. It is not only a colour aptitude thing. The process is objective enough that this is not the major issue, and nor is personal taste. Every human being is pretty equal in my eyes. Every person has something huge to offer and some equally important areas where they will need to work harder and feel less comfortable. An industry that limits ‘who is one of us’ is as flawed for the future and internally weak as a society that places those limits. Strength and growth come from accepting one another, learning from each other, and opening our hearts to other points of view.

  • "; ?> Rita

    I was draped by Katherine. She is a gentle, sharp, and striking woman. Her eyes have a silver bling to them. Her eyes alone say brightness. I know that the skin is the most important thing in a PCA, but with eyes like those, it is hard to believe anyone would not at least consider a bright season. Her skin is also very luminous in person.

    It is evident that Katherine has a keen eye for color, possesses sound intuition, and is extremely well trained. I enjoyed my PCA with her, although I came in looking like death itself due to fatigue and some recent health neglect. She showed me very patiently what we were looking for and I was surprised that I could see the effects. I knew the effects of color analysis, but I figured I had muddied my own self concept of my coloring so much by trying to analyze myself for so long that I’d be better at noticing the effects on others. Nope, I could see what she saw. It was evident. Proper lighting and calibrated drapes really do make such a difference!

    If anyone is down in Texas and has yet to have a PCA, I can highly recommend Katherine. She will send you off in the right direction and you will be on your way to a transformative journey of finding and presenting your best self. Isn’t that what we all want?

  • "; ?> Rita

    Oops, I accidentally posted my comment twice.

    I want to add that I was not criticizing the analyst who got Katherine’s season wrong initially. In most professions there will be differences of the opinion and variation in systems used. Also sometimes our conclusions need to be reconsidered. I simply had the advantage of seeing Katherine in her Bright Winter colors and after seeing how she glowed in those brilliant tones, I suppose it is hard for me to see how autumn could have ever been determined to suit her.

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