When a celebrity shows up to a red carpet event looking beautiful, we know that didn’t all happen miraculously. Behind the scenes, it takes a village of makeup artists, hair experts, and celebrity stylists pulling gowns, shoes, and jewels to get to that final point. The journey, for some stylists, starts months in advance in the search for the perfect gown. Some fashion houses, like Givenchy, only dress one major star for an event (Meryl Streep received that honor in 2017 for the Golden Globes), so you can imagine the pressure stylists face when tracking down that It dress.
Instead of guessing what the life of a celebrity stylist is like though, we went straight to the source for answers. We tapped Hollywood power players Elizabeth Stewart and Micaela Erlanger for their insider celebrity styling secrets. Stewart (who dresses the likes of Viola Davis) and Erlanger (who works with Diane Kruger and Meryl Streep) both have a personal approach to tackling fashion dilemmas for clients, and they shared some fun insights with us.
On the designer’s side, Christian Siriano revealed some interesting tidbits about dressing celebrities. During an interview with Sirius XM’s The Michelle Collins Show, he explained just how much designers have to spend to ship the dresses to their clients. In 2018, Siriano said his team sent approximately 100 dresses from New York to Los Angeles for events and shows. The estimated FedEx bill was around $50,000! (Stars like Whoopi Goldberg, Laurie Metcalf, Kelly Ripa, and Janet Mock wore Siriano designs to the 2018 Oscars.)
See what everyone had to say about dressing celebrities for major occasions, below.
— Additional reporting by Nikita Ramsinghani