Today more than ever, celebrities have the pressure of always looking their best. Fashion has become one of the main discussion topics in media and press outlets. The job of a celebrity stylist is to take the worry away with selecting looks for multiple events and red carpets celebrities may attend. While it feels like Christmas every morning with the amount of clothing at their disposal; it is not as glamorous as it may seem. The life of a stylist comes with a non-consistent work schedule as well as sleepless nights.
Celebrities are known to be generally busy people, with most having multiple projects going on at any one time. Stylists are hired for their exceptional styling skills as well as making sure they are keeping up with the current trends.
Juggling multiples celebrities all at once is no easy challenge. November through February is peak season for stylists because of award season. The job becomes around the clock with a stylist’s doorbell always ringing. The number of clients ranges from 1 to 5 during any one time, making it important to select the right kind of style for their client. However, some of the work such as deliveries, communications, and dry cleaning become the responsibilities of their assistants.
The job does not allow someone to be in any one area for a significant time. In fact, a stylist is always flying about every five days, mainly from either New York or Los Angeles. From either going to showrooms or the celebrity’s homes themselves, being accommodating is a must.
Until a few years ago, stylists used to earn more. Studios used to budget in the costs of stylists with only the top stars in movies doing press. However, with the want to further their press efforts, most of the cast is involved with press these days. With this change, leaves the budget stretched too thin for stylists to earn a significant amount.
Typically a stylist will receive around $500 per look. However, they can earn less with most stylists taking the costs of dry cleaning and tailoring. To offset this, stylists wish for their looks to become iconic such as Jennifer Lopez’s Versace dress. With this, stylists gain exposure, which will hopefully lead to more work opportunities.
To further their money-making efforts, stylists have turned to social media. With most celebrities tagging their glam teams in their posts, gives stylists the chance to become social media influencers. Not only will this set them apart from the up and coming stylists but also allows them to earn money through partnerships with brands.
Getting Ready for the Event
For events such as the Oscars or Grammys, the process can take weeks or even months. During January, designers will send sketches of their designs. Stylists look through all of the options with their top pick being able to be customized to the celebrity’s needs.
On the day of the event, stylists are prepared for their busy day ahead of them. Upon picking up the garment that was with the seamstress overnight, the styling begins. Arriving to their client, they decide on the multiple shoe options and jewelry that was probably ordered months in advance. This process can go either way, with some celebrities maybe switching their dress option last minute.
Stylists are there to make sure everything goes smoothly for their client, with some even trying out different poses before getting in the car. Stylists generally ride with their client to the event making sure the garment doesn’t get wrinkled before stepping out of the car. Once on the carpet, stylists are generally allowed to make fixes such as straightening out a garment or preparing the train of the dress for pictures.
After The Event
While their client(s) is at the event, stylists go back to their hotel. While back in their room, stylists still have work to do. Pieces that didn’t get picked get returned, and the celebrities after-party look is prepared. The garment worn for the event is returned to the designer, usually with the option to keep if an award is won.
Once told they are ready for their next look, the stylist has the option of going with them to the after-party if not too tired. Once the job is done, stylists wake up and prepare to do it all over again. Stylists say the job is rewarding, even though they usually don’t receive credit for their work. The love for fashion and their clients is what drives them to do their best.
A few notable stylists and their celebrity clients:
Clients: Saoirse Ronan, Gwyneth Paltrow
Clients: Emma Watson, Gemma Chan, Jenna Coleman, Lily James, Sophie Turner
Clients: Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Saldana, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, and Daisy Ridley
Clients: Natalia Reyes, Lupita Nyong’o, Jared Leto, and Meryl Streep