Emily Blunt in Calvin Klein & Emily Blunt in Stella McCartney at The Cannes Film Festival
In the high stakes world of Hollywood styling, a fairytale red carpet moment can make or break careers. And it’s not just the celebrity that’s taking a gamble, designers too are putting their livelihood on the line when they dress a certain celebrity for an event. But the real driving force behind the stunning red carpet looks we see, are the stylists, who work behind the scenes to find the perfect outfit, seek out matching accessories and prevent those dreaded wardrobe malfunctions. At the Vulture Festival’s Hollywood Power Stylist Panel a panel of stylists including Jessica Paster, Erin Walsh, Brad Goreski and Brandon Maxwell spilled insider details about the exorbitant amounts of money that celebrities, just to wear a particular designer’s outfit.
“The whole point of having a stylist is that you can make more money, or more people will want to hire you or the brand that you’re wearing is making more money because it’s driving sales,” confessed Maxwell, who works alongside Lady Gaga and on several editorial projects, “It’s all wrapped up in money. It’s Hollywood, we’re not at church!”
While Maxwell and Goreski deny ever having been offered money to make their client wear a specific designer, Goreski hinted he would jump at the chance if he did receive such an offer, “It’s not like they’re trafficking drugs. They’re wearing a dress. So what? If somebody offered me $150,000 to show up in a beautiful dress by ‘x’ designer, I’d be like, where do I sign?”
It was Jessica Paster, stylist to actress Emily Blunt who dished on the actual numbers admitting that she has received anywhere between $30,000 and $50,000 to promote a dress to her client, while actresses can be paid between $100,000 to $250,000 to wear a dress to an awards show.
“If it looks awful on you, $100,000 or $250,000 is not worth it, but if it looks gorgeous and this is the dress you were going to pick anyway, why not get paid?” said Paster, “Let’s not forget that when [designers] make these custom dresses, they’re spending about $100,000 dollars, so someone is getting paid.” If the stylist’s words apply to her own longtime client Emily Blunt then the actress could have easily made a few hundred thousand dollars from her Cannes outings alone where she wore outfits from designers like Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Peter Pilotto. Not to mention her stunning Met Gala gown and cape combo from Prada.
According to Paster, the agreements made between designers, stylists and celebrities don’t involve actual contracts, if the actress changes her mind about wearing a dress, nobody gets paid.
[Via – Fashionista]