Christine De Lassus, Fashion Stylist Interview
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How did you get your start styling?
I was poached by Steve Hiett’s agent while interning at the end of my Business School at TBWA Paris ad agency. She decided I would make a great fashion stylist and hired me to work for her photographers even though I barely knew what a stylist was. I guess I must have looked the part.
What stylist/photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?
Irving Penn who taught me everything, Art Kane, Avedon, Newton, Bourdin, Philip Lorca di Corcia, Paolo Roversi, Sarah Moon, 90ies Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Mario Sorenti, Corine Day, Javier Vallhonrat, Araki, Viviane Sassen, Tim Walker
Ray Petri, Karl Templer, Edward Enninful, 90ies Babette Djian, Marie Amelie Sauve, Patti Wilson
What makes for a great styled story?
A great team with a unified artistic vision. And that vision comes from the stylist/fashion editor. A great story like a great movie, starts with a great scenario, the building of a character, a story to tell, a mood to express through the photography, the casting, the lighting, the location, the hair and make up, and of course the clothes. It takes time, research and dedication to nurture. And for me simplicity and modern elegance are key, no matter what the theme.
What sort of impact do you think digital has on styling?
Digital has drastically changed the way we work. It facilitates greatly communication, allows for in depth and much faster research, but on the other hand it killed the joy and creativity of going to designers’ showrooms to pull the clothes and get ideas from, say, discovering an accessory, catching the light hitting a garment a certain way and triggering your imagination, not to mention the pleasure of human contacts with the PR.
What do you think of fashion styling today and where it is going?
I believe fashion styling has not changed, but the conditions we work under have greatly deteriorated. Art and creativity have been replaced by full on commercialism in most magazines and in most designers’ collections. I miss Alexander McQueen so greatly… It has become such a challenge to produce artistic meaningful work that celebrates the creativity of designers through the photography team creativity.
What are three of your favorite online destinations?
I have to double that!
The Impression daily newsletter
The Red List
The New Yorker
What type of impression do you want to make?
A lasting one. I want to inspire and empower, to make readers dream and think. I want to empower women to be bold, proud in their vision of themselves and free in their fashion choices. I want to inspire people around me to choose what they love to do in life and live a passionate life.
Christine De Lassus is the Fashion Director on the The Impression Biannual Vol. 2