How a Stylist Navigates Awards Season

Amanda Bardas

Styling yourself for the Oscars should be simple, right? You pick a dress, catch up with your glam squad, and then walk down one of the most-watched red carpets in the world. In reality, it’s far from this simple. There’s almost always a fashion stylist involved, and planning starts months in advance (just like a wedding). Designers clamour to dress nominees due to the exposure the talent will give their dress, or often they align with their brand ambassadors (like Jennifer Lawrence and Dior). It can make awards season dressing quite political, with stylists all wanting the best for their clients—and it’s not just about the clothes. There’s money involved, too. Stylists and actresses can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars to put a celeb in the right dress.

As we lead up to the 89th Annual Academy Awards we wanted to find out more, so we pressed celebrity stylist Sophia Banks to open up and tell us exactly what it was like styling actress Priyanka Chopra for last year’s Oscars. As well as Priyanka Chopra, Banks has also worked with everyone from Amber Heard to Nicole Trunfio, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

Keep scrolling to read our exclusive interview and find out exactly what it’s like to dress a Hollywood star.

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