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fashion stylist interview

Sidebar with our stylist

As our guest stylist for this shoot, Nadine Silvestre let us pick her brain about the crazy world of fashion and check out the goodies she keeps in her toolkit:

Q: Let’s start at the beginning, how did you become interesting in styling?

A: I went to Catholic school so I was never really able to play around with my style when I was younger. When I got a job at Urban Outfitters during my teens, I really discovered I could be creative in what I wore.

Q: How has attending FIDM shaped your style?

A: I’ve learned a lot about how fashion relates to life. It’s not just the clothes; it’s learning the history and being inspired by everything around you, from music to movies — especially art. Those two years definitely made me more creative.

Q: Which designers inspire you?

A: I really love Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang. They do a lot of really great basic styles with funky cuts or non-traditional shapes. I love Lang’s use of asymmetrical cuts, it makes everything look much more interesting than a basic hem.

Q: Outside of school, what experience do you have?

A: I have been assisting celebrity stylist Jazzie Bella, which means I help her on shoots, dropping off clothes, styling, basically whatever she needs. It’s a hard industry to get your foot in the door so the more work you can do, the better.

Q: What kind of things do you keep in your stylist toolkit?

A: Since you never know what you might need, I keep everything from heavy-duty clamps from Home Depot (to pin clothes), toupee adhesive that acts as double-stick tape, scissors, a Tide-To-Go stick, lint rollers and safety pins to a notebook and pen, for taking notes.

Q: What accessory are you looking forward to this summer?

A: I’ve been making floral crowns, and those seem to be getting huge right now. I haven’t worn them out yet, but I would love to see someone all in leather with a really girly pink flower crown.