What's It Like Being A Celebrity Stylist? Amanda Sanders Has The Breakdown – EXCLUSIVE
BY KAREN RUFFINI FEB 4 2019
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Could you ever picture yourself advising Gwyneth Paltrow what to wear to a red carpet event? What about helping Chris Rock find the perfect look to host the Academy Awards? If you think that's a job filled with glitz and glamour, you're right — but it also takes a ton of sleepless nights, an ever-changing daily schedule, and rolling with the punches when an outfit goes awry. So, what's it like being a celebrity stylist? It turns out that the job is key in helping the world's most prominent stars look their best both on and off the red carpet.
After originally going to school to pursue her dream of being a costume designer, celebrity fashion consultant Amanda Sanders was thrown into the realm of styling after assisting the cast and guests that appeared on The Dana Carvey Show, which included the likes of Steve Carell and Steven Colbert. That role catapulted her into becoming the costume designer for HBO's The Chris Rock Show, The Wanda Sykes Show, and Louie.
I LOVE THAT CLOTHES ARE A FORM OF EXPRESSION, AND I LOVE THAT I CAN HELP PEOPLE INTERPRET THEMSELVES. I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE A WARDROBE SPEAKS BEFORE YOU SPEAK — IT’S THE LANGUAGE OF OF WHO YOU ARE BEFORE YOU EVEN OPEN YOUR MOUTH.
I wondered whether Sanders' days were filled with non-stop celebrity meetings or if her day-to-day looked a bit more like the average person's job.
"Well, the one nice thing about what I do is that there is no real day-to-day," Sanders explains. "It’s me getting on a plane to go see a client before a fitting. Sometimes it’s going to someone’s home and going through their closet and helping them edit and get ready for the new season ahead. Sometimes it’s being in department stores or showrooms — I'm fortunate that no two days are the same," she says with a laugh.
When I ask Sanders about the celebrities she's worked with — like Jamie Fox, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Goldblum, and Ali Wentworth — she tells me that she has plenty of memorable moments with certain clients, particularly when it comes to a big event.
"When Chris Rock hosted [the Academy Awards] for the first time, that was a big event," she reveals. "It’s amazing how much thought goes into the image ... that really stood out to me."