“I fell into styling,” says Elizabeth Stewart, the number one stylist for Hollywood’s leading ladies on the red carpet. Daughter of a Marine colonel father and Spanish mother, she spent much of her childhood in Barcelona. She studied journalism at the University of South Carolina before moving to New York. Working as a Women’s Wear Daily editor.She then relocated to Paris to style covers in the Fairchild offices there, eventually moving to Los Angeles via Manhattan.
With a massive celebrity clientele,dressing them for the Cannes Film Festival to the Oscars, Elizabeth is responsible for launching fashion careers of some of the current Hollywood A-listers such as Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Amanda Seyfried, who all rely on her thoughtful approach to dressing when getting snapped down a red carpet. “My first celebrity client was Calista Flockhart when she was on the show Ally McBeal,” she says “And some of my career highlights have been with Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy at the 2011 Oscars,Jessica Chastain’s McQueen in 2012,Jennifer Lawrence’s Calvin Klein in 2011 and Cate’s Armani at the Globes this past year.”
Elizabeth has a very simple philosophy when it comes to dressing her clients for the evening. She says, “If my client is happy and I am happy, that is all that matters! However,I am also happy for all the feedback I get,good or bad, because I think the intense interest ultimately gives us power.” While she has a major list of best-dressed accolades under her belt Elizabeth isn’t without a sense of humor when something goes a little wrong. She recalls, “Once,Amanda Seyfried and I decided a dress looked better backwards, and I said ‘Be sure to tell them on the red carpet so everyone knows we did it on purpose.’ Well she did,but that got ignored and the press only talked about how the dress was worn backwards by mistake!” Elizabeth must have in her styling kit includes a backup dress,which she is convinced is why she never needs one.
Elizabeth’s specialty is creating highconcept shoots that merge the worlds of Hollywood celebrities and the creativity of fashion editorials. She has worked with many renowned photographers including Mario Testino, Carter Smith, Matthias Vriens McGrath, Tom Munro, Ruven Afanador,Stephane Sednaoui, Miles Aldridge,Peggy Sirota, Matthew Rolston, and Annie Leibowitz. She has also worked on print campaigns and television commercials for clients including Lancome, Maybelline,Neutrogena, Bebe, Guess, Levi’s, TNT and Fox Television.
What’s next for Elizabeth Stewart? Unlike many of her contemporaries, Elizabeth has no plans for a self-named fashion line or book. “I admire the stylists who do that so much, but it’s just not my thing,” she says. When the dress fittings are done and awards season is a wrap, you’ll find Elizabeth working away on her charity, P.S. Arts (she hosts an annual lunch in the spring to help raise funds for art programs), or at home, cooking.