In his preface to Katie Baron's "Stylists: New Fashion Visionaries," SHOWstudio's Nick Knight writes, "The great stylists now need to be viewed as a new level of designer: just as good and just as important within the context of shaping fashion as any designer, but with fewer commercial shackles - making them even more exciting, more audacious and, for me, more addictive to work with."
The stylists Baron features in her book are a different breed than their reality show-starring, red carpet-loving peers. These stylists are behind-the-scenes artists who are responsible for creating the trends from within the most inner circle of the fashion industry and then dissipate throughout mass culture. Street style star and Vogue Nippon editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo explains, "There are two types of people in fashion: people who work in fashion and people who are obsessed with fashion." The stylists included in this book are the latter: those rare individuals who live and breathe fashion, who couldn't do anything, but work in the fashion industry. Their passion for the subject matter is clear, for instance, Camille Bidault-Waddington, who has worked for magazines such as AnOther, Self-Service and Purple first got her start as an assistant for Vogue Paris in 1993 fresh out of school and W Magazine's fashion editor Edward Enninful was named fashion editor of i-D at only 18-years-old (the youngest in the magazine's history).
Baron looks at a wide range of stylists such as Lady Gaga's stylist Nicola Formichetti and frequent Marc Jacobs collaborator and editor-in-chief of Love Katie Grand and many more. 'Stylists: New Fashion Visionaries' by Katie Baron is currently available for pre-sale from Amazon.com for $31.00 and is a must-have for anyone interested in the people responsible for producing the most important magazines of the past twenty years. Take a peek in our gallery below for a preview of the book and images styled by Enninful, Shillingford and more: