How I Started…12 – Patti Wilson

By On January 5, 2012 In Fashion, How I started

Patti Wilson is an American fashion stylist best known for her magical, provocative fashion styling works. She always has sparked her creativity by using vivid imagery and raw sexuality. Imbued with her unique imagination and creativity, she has collaborated with the most influential fashion photographers in the industry, such as Steven Miesel, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Klein, Terry Richardson, and David LaChapelle. Her styling for Italian Vogue,  Numero, i-D, and L’Uomo Vogue all of which have had an huge impact on the fashion world over the past two decades.

Patti Wilson

Born and raised in New York, Wilson has always been interested in fashion from an early age and developed her eclectic style in fashion. She started her early career as a waitress and then as a hostess in a jazz club before working as a styling assistant in the early 1990s.

“I was the hostess of a very cool underground jazz club. The crowd there was a mix of musicians, politicians, actors and fashionistas. Back then I had nothing else to “style” beside myself so my outfits were out there. One day a photographer approached me because of my look. Her sister was a stylist and I started to work for her and that’s how it all started.”

Daphin Guinness by Steven Klein

In the mid 1990s, Wilson struck friendship with Edward Enninful, the young fashion director of i-D magazine. At those times, i-D magazine had achieved a huge reputation for its innovative photography since it was founded in 1980s in England, and it became the first magazine which Wilson began contributing editorial shoots. Through her work with i-D magazine, she started to gain international recognition.

The decisive turning point in her career came in 1998. “It was my first story for Italian Vogue with David LaChapelle. It was a shoe story and was pretty wild. Shortly after I had the privilege of working with Meisel and Steven Klein. Italian Vogue and Franca Sozzani changed everything for me… I’ll be forever grateful!”
Wilson was immediately asked to work on Vogue Italia by editor in chief of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani who has been her faithful supporter ever since.

by Steven Klein

Wilson has built up partnerships with plenty of innovative photographers who have added her inspirations for her imaginative, narrative style in composing fashion stories. They range from Steven Meisel,  Peter Lindbergh, Paolo Roversi, Ellen von Unwerth, and Jean-Baptise Mondino to Miles Aldridge, Solve Sundsbo, Terry Richardson, Tom Munro,  and especially David LaChapelle and Steven Klein. A large number of memorable covers and stories for international fashion magazines such as Italian Vogue,  Numero, Vogue Nippon, L’Uomo Vogue, Russian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar have been created by brilliant cooperation between Wilson and those photographers.

Besides working with legendary artists and industry leaders, Wilson has always been a great supporter of new talent and next generations of designers, photographers, models or even magazines. She has instilled sophistication and elegance to younger brands including  Rad Hourani, Haider Ackemann, Moschino, Dsquared2 and or cosmetics houses such as M.A.C, Nars or Redken.

Vogue Italia by Emma Summerton

Wilson has accumulated a long list of fashion clients such as luxury fashion houses, and has built relationships with numerous iconic figures, including  David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Prince, Brad Pitt, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Courtney Love, Dakota Fanning, Fergie, and Daphne Guinness. Even now, Patti Wilson continues to collaborate with the most successful designers and is recognized worldwide for her vision and unpredictable style.

Research by Chloe Park

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