Have you hugged your stylist today?
Another year, another red-carpet event & a couple of days ago, “The 86th Academy Awards; The Oscars”
For days we watch in awe, the pre-shows, during show and after shows of these talented celebrities and all their hard work being recognized. But let’s be honest, it’s mostly ALL ABOUT THE FASHION!!!
There is INCREDIBLE talent behind the talent but we don’t get to see it because it is not recognized to often. The brilliant talent that comes from the Wardrobe Stylists. So often, the tireless work of the stylists are unseen an unrecognized.
The months of hard work and preparation that these stylists must prep for in order to ensure that the client they are representing looks beyond FABULOUS, GLAMOROUS AND AMAZING! The goal: To make the ever so popular platform of “BEST DRESSED”.
Making a best-dressed list during the awards show season can be a star making turn for an actor/actress.
From nominees to presenters to audience members, all the stars will be scrutinized for what they’re wearing and how they’re wearing it. And that’s where the brains and talent behind all their looks come in: Their trusted wardrobe stylists.
Agents, managers and publicists don’t hold all the power when it comes to A-list clients. Hollywood’s red-carpet wardrobe stylists have the potential to make or break an actress’ career based on their dress decisions.
For some, there is nothing as important as finding out the answer to that famous, “What are you wearing?” question; but for us—being the fashion voyeurs we are—there is nothing more fascinating than finding out how those choices came to be. Very rarely does the general public get an exclusive sneak peek into the making of the red carpet hits that catapult some to the best dressed list…and some to face the panel of E! Fashion Police. (And you better hope you are not the target for Joan Rivers’ jokes).
It’s been only half a decade since celebrity stylists really began stepping out from behind the camera to claim a piece of the spotlight generally reserved for their clients. As I began to do my research for my blog, I began to notice the very little to no recognition that stylist receive for the hard work they put in. I really think there is a misconception as to the serious hard work that a wardrobe stylist puts in. It’s not all “fun and shopping”, there is a lot of interning, taking jobs with no pay to build your name and brand, there is pressure in every step you take when helping someone with their image. The reality shows don’t necessarily show the entire “reality of styling”, especially styling a non-celebrity.
There is, however, extreme reward in simply knowing our clients are 100% satisfied with our work and that look in their eyes is PRICELESS!! Ofcourse I won’t take away the thanks owed to stylists like Rachel Zoe who has helped make the wardrobe stylist become more noticed due to her reality show. In the short time since Rachel Zoe first appeared in her own docudrama on Bravo in 2008 and her former assistant Brad Goreski splintered off from Team Zoe to star in his own series, a slew of other stylists have launched clothing lines and major collaborations, establishing that the age of the wardrobe stylist-as-brand is here to stay!
So with all that said, I wanted to take the time today and set tribute to all the stylists and wardrobe stylists and even aspiring stylists who have put in those long hours, are continuing to put in those long hours and going through the tough “industry trenches” to help other people feel and look their best! I claim this day as “Wardrobe Stylist Appreciation Day” so please join me in Thanking, Hugging, and showing some LOVE to all the stylists out there, including yours! And if you don’t have one, we are here for you at urbandarling.com!