May 11th, 2011
Breaking into Fashion, Celebrity Style, Fashion Bomb Exclusive
How to Break into Fashion: Celebrity Stylist Mr. Bradshaw
By Claire

Hey Bombshells!
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.


What do you think?
*Thx Vanessa!

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22 Responses to “How to Break into Fashion: Celebrity Stylist Mr. Bradshaw”

  1. Ms. Cheeks says:

    Thanks so much Claire for posting this. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and now that I have some info I think that I am ready to take the leap!

  2. tasha says:

    Yes honey he be slaying his clients. Love how he dresses Amber she looks amazing all the time. Effortless. Adore that he is only 25 killing the game. Furthermore he understands that you have to start at the bottom to get to the top. Great Breaking Into Fashion piece

  3. zy says:

    I did not know he styled Amber! well KUDOS to him because he has my girl looking FABULOUS on a REGULAR basis!!

  4. Amber Riley has been on my list of celebs I want to wear my pieces for ages. I need to get in touch with him!

  5. BOOBOO says:

    His site is thebomb.com! Loves it:)

  6. yusufswifee says:

    the website is fab…I’ll be going back.

  7. Shaq Nichole says:

    So inspiring. After working in the fashion indsutry for 4yrs, I believe and know this is definitely what I want to be. A fashion stylist. I crave fashion 24/7 and love styling people. Thank you for posting Claire!

  8. Lena120 says:

    Gotta admit, the Amber Riley styling is the bomb. That girl always looks on point!

  9. Sharian says:

    I love him and Amber always looks impeccable. Love him and everything that he said!!!

  10. It’s great to know he started working with Monica Rose. He is a great stylist and I will follow his work.

  11. NicPerry says:

    Lovehim.com

  12. RHONYC says:

    ‘Mr. Bradshaw’
    super great name. lol
    i’m sure Carrie would be proud. :-)

  13. His styling is amazing and Amber always looks great.

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  17. beyonceaddict says:

    Wow, all this at 25?! I’m sooo inspired

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  19. Filthy Image says:

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  21. Riley Jade says:

    You may want to check out Storemate.com as a great market place for deisgners and stylists. I like Lookbook and Chicisimo to find my style inspiration but If you want something different, try Storemate.com. As a Stylist I’ve set up my wardrobe consulting shop on my Storefront to promote my style. And I observed a sharp increase in the number of followers and traffic directed to my website. I started offering consulting services and this works the best with their “Talk-About” feature where I get to help put my clients in real-time. I even launched exclusive chat sessions and discounts to them which turned casual enquiries into quick clientele and followers for me. My Storefront is now my ‘Style Advice Boutique’ with zero investment! They had me featured for 3 weeks straight and that only got me more busy!

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