A Conversation with Vanessa Shokrian: Editorial Stylist

Vanessa Shokrian began her career at GQ working as a sittings assistant under the leadership of renowned Creative Director, Jim Moore. Her responsibilities entailed working with leading celebrity talent and photographers on cover and fashion shoots. Since her time at GQ, Vanessa has extended her range of expertise from editorial to red carpet events, worldwide celebrity press tours, music videos and commercial/advertising. Her professionalism is complemented by creative talent, managerial skills and sociability.

Tell us the story behind your favorite wardrobe item

Vanessa: My favorite wardrobe item is a Marc Jacobs Collection cocktail dress that I got at Decades Two. My mom picked it out from the rack and pushed me to try it on. I told her I would never wear it, but after trying it on, saw that it was one of the most beautiful dresses. It was unique & girly yet sexy. Right up my alley. Lessoned learned: my mom knows what she's talking about. She has great taste and she has actually influenced me a lot as far as style and taste.

What’s your most memorable ‘panic moment’?

Vanessa: I was working at GQ Magazine in New York. It was after midnight and another assistant and I were bringing wardrobe back to the office from a big shoot. We were so exhausted and were struggling to pull a wobbly rack of clothes through a doorway, when her side of the rack collapsed on her head, causing some really scary bleeding and a call to 911. Thankfully she was ok, after a staple to the head.

How did you recover from is gracefully?

Vanessa: We were all able to laugh about the situation the next day.

What is your favorite era for fashion?

Vanessa: 1970s. That era influences and inspires me the most.

What was your big break?

Vanessa: Getting a job at GQ Magazine working under legendary creative director, Jim Moore.

Whose closet would you most like to raid?

Vanessa: I would love to raid Alexa Chung's closet.

Who are your favorite designers?

Vanessa: Alexander Wang, The Row, Acne, Margiela.

Thanks Vanessa! To learn more about Vanessa, view her portfolio HERE.