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Stars get big bucks to wear designer dresses

Published 02/06/2015

Jessica Paster
Jessica Paster

Some of Hollywood's top stylists have spoken about what the job is really like.

Jessica Paster joined Erin Walsh, Brad Goreski and Brandon Maxwell on the panel of Vulture Festival's Hollywood Power Stylist Panel in New York on Sunday, where the group opened up about the business. Jessica has worked with the likes of Emily Blunt was happy to get straight to the nitty-gritty, which in this case was how the financials work.

"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?" she said, according to Fashionista.

"Let's not forget that when [designers] make these custom dresses, they’re spending about $100,000 dollars, so someone is getting paid."

Although Brad and Brandon said they hadn't been offered money to select a certain piece for a client, Brad sees nothing wrong with the practice.

"It's not like they’re trafficking drugs," he said. "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?"

The stylists explained that building a solid relationship between stars and fashion houses in terms of what they wear to events is usually why certain celebrities become the face of labels. Erin spoke of the enormous "prestige" stars feel when they get these kinds of role, explaining that for some this is a very serious goal.

The downside to this is that it can be hard for younger designers to get a look in. That's not just because of the cost factor, but down to them not always having a big enough team to work with the stars.

The flip side of this is when stylists get a job at short notice. When this happens to Brad - who has dressed the likes of Demi Moore and Jessica Alba - he will often plump for someone who isn't so big in the industry.

"If we get a call that one of our clients is going to an event that night, we are going to pull what we have access to," he said. "So if there's a young designer in a showroom and I think your dress is dope, I’m pulling it. I’m not going like, 'Oh, I don’t know who this person is'."

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