A Conversation with Elizabeth Stewart: Celebrity & Editorial Stylist

Elizabeth Stewart is a freelance stylist now based in LA. Previously she worked for the style department of the New York Times Magazine for ten years, and prior to that was the Paris Editor of W and WWD. Elizabeth is now a celebrity stylist and also produces and styles fashion editorials, as well as photo shoots. She has worked with many renowned photographers including Matthias Vriens-McGrath, Miles Aldridge, Stephane Sednaoui, Peggy Sirota, Matthew Rolston, Peter Lindbergh, David LaChapelle, Mark Seliger, Deborah Turbeville, Jeff Riedel, Ruven Afanador, Matt Jones, Ben Watts, and Annie Leibowitz.

In addition to The New York Times Magazine, Elizabeth has worked on cover shoots for Vanity Fair, InStyle, Esquire, Arena, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, ID, Marie Claire, Premiere, and Entertainment Weekly. She has also worked on print campaigns or television commercials for clients including Revlon, SK-II, Tod’s, Lancome, Maybelline, Nuetrogena, Ahava, Bebe, Guess, Levi’s, TNT, Fox Television, Sony Pictures/television, Interscope Records, Neiman Marcus, Max Mara, Campari, and Cutty Sark. She also does red carpet styling for various celebrities including Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Freida Pinto, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain, Kristin Davis, Viola Davis, Brit Marling, Julia Roberts and Calista Flockhart.

Tell us the story behind your favorite wardrobe item

Elizabeth: This changes all the time. Currently it's a amazingly vibrant vintage YSL necklace from Decades.

What’s your most memorable ‘panic moment’?

Elizabeth: Jessica Chastain wore a Givenchy dress to the Globes that had a belt that got lost in transit. Another stylist came to the rescue with a similar belt last minute but we put it on as she was walking out the door and it was too big. I had to cut and tie it in the back and make it look right in about 30 seconds, I was sweating! But it worked out!

How did you recover from it gracefully?

Elizabeth: By solving the problem and then having a nice glass of wine!

What is your favorite era for fashion?

Elizabeth: I love a structured I would say the 50s for now.

What was your big break?

Elizabeth: Getting to work with Cate Blanchett...the stylist's dream.

Whose closet would you most like to raid?

Elizabeth: Salma Hayek's!

Who are your favorite designers?

Elizabeth: Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga, Sarah Burton for McQueen, Prabal Gurung, Juan Carlos Obando and Riccardo Tischi for Givenchy.
Thanks Elizabeth! We are big fans of your work! To learn more about Elizabeth - here is a recent interview from The Hollywood Reporter. She is the #4 Most Powerful Stylist for 2012!