We’ve been slipping just a little bit with our Breaking into Fashion interviews, but this week we’re bringing it back with two special treats!
Our first is stylist to the stars, Mr. Bradshaw.
The 25-year-old counts Amber Riley, Shaunie O’Neal, Tasha Smith, Angela Bassett, and Laz Alonzo as his clients, and had lots of advice for you aspiring stylists out there.
Read on for the scoop:
Bradshaw started out pursuing a degree in fashion merchandising at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in LA while working part time at Bloomingdales. During his second week at Bloomingdales, he struck up a conversation with a gorgeous lady with a great look–who happened to be Kim Kardashian’s stylist Monica Rose.
The two scheduled lunch for the following week. Bradshaw confessed, “I didn’t know what she did at first, but by the end of our meeting, she had offered me an internship.” And just like that he was working side by side with Monica, helping style clients in her long celebrity roster. After working with Monica for several years, Bradshaw eventually branched off on his own.
Fashion was always in Bradshaw’s blood. He said, “When I was in high school, I styled all my friends for prom. Any occasion I could use to get my hands into wardrobe–dance, homecoming–I would do it. I’d dress them for free because it was my passion.”
He continues, “When I was a kid I used to live down the street from my elementary school. I was always late because I had to have my socks creased a certain way and my hair had to be parted a certain way.” Sound familiar?
Now you’ll see him styling celebrities for the red carpet, creating looks for TV appearances, and working behind the scenes for magazines like Rolling Out.
For those looking to break in to the biz, he says, “Start now. And know that you have to crawl before you can walk, and walk before you can run. Patience is a HUGE virtue in this business. You have to sacrifice a lot to get the end big result that you want.”
He continues, “Always pay attention to the person you’re dressing. Don’t think it’s like dressing yourself. It’s like dressing anyone. Celebrities are normal people. Pay attention to detail and be aware of what you’re dressing them for. Don’t follow trends, be a trendsetter.”
Alright! Keep an eye peeled for a profile on Mr. Bradshaw in this month’s Elle Magazine.
Also, check out his work and editorials below and at www.themrbradshaw.com.