Sequoia Sierra is Regina Magazine’s new Style and Fashion Editor. In this debut interview, Sequoia tells us about herself, her personal styling approach and her work in glamorous Hollywood. She also gives us some pointers on where some of the best design is coming from today!
Q. What will you be doing for Regina Magazine?
A. My goal is to take my styling and design experience and help women and men discover how to dress themselves in a way that is beautiful and in keeping with their dignity.
At Regina Magazine our goal is to evangelize through beauty, and fashion is one way to do this. We're also working on getting fashion tips and styling videos out to you, as well as a load of other fun stuff! Stay tuned!
Q. How long have you worked in Hollywood?
A. I have been working in Hollywood for about four years. Not only in fashion/wardrobe styling and costume design, but in production as well.
Q. What do you do?
A. I am a fashion/wardrobe stylist and a costume designer. My styling work usually entails going to my client’s home and either choosing outfits for them for a particular event or appearance. I also teach clients how to look for clothing that looks great and is the most flattering for their particular body type.
Q. Tell us about your personal styling approach.
A. I work with both men and women to achieve a style that expresses their personality while being flattering, professional, and polished. Whether working on a film, dressing hosts for a TV show, preparing red carpet looks, or helping an individual prepare for work or an event, my objective is to make sure that my client's style conveys who they are and what they hope to achieve.
Q. What does costume designing involve?
A. When I do Costume Design, it can be for film, theatre or television. I either put together wardrobes for the actors’ characters out of ready made/to wear apparel, or I can build/design them, depending upon the need of the particular show or film. Working as a stylist and a costume designer always requires a lot of shopping, so it’s a very fun job to have if you’re a shopaholic like me! There is also a ton of research that goes into each show or film as all costumes MUST be accurate. Not to mention the work that goes into getting the actors together and keeping everything going smoothly on set whenever I do costuming.
Q. That sounds like a lot of work!
A. It is a lot of work and a long process from the initial idea concept to the final product on stage or on screen. However, when it’s your passion, everything, even the stressful deadlines are a part of the fun!
Q. How does fashion influence Hollywood?
A. It’s hard to say whether fashion influences film more or if Hollywood influences Fashion. There are certainly lines where Fashion is clearly leading in the apparel industry, yet a lot of the glamour is created by both industries. Celebrities frequent runaways and fashion shows, and many well-known designers make all the gowns worn at all the Hollywood red carpet events so there is a big area where film and fashion intersect.
However, fashion in its basic form began with function, and so new styles and fashion are usually re-inventing a piece that has a particular function. In a nutshell, both the film and fashion industries influence each other greatly, but fashion influences other industries on different levels.
Q. Who are your favorite name brands and designers? And which designers are popular right now?
A. My favorites would be Temperley London, Alexander McQueen and Chanel. Kate , the Duchess of Cambridge, wears a lot of great British designers, including Temperley London and Alexander McQueen.
Temperley London in particular has some really beautiful feminine looks that Kate has worn, and their designs are very unique and classic. (Editor’s Note: Alice Temperley is a British designer whose ladylike fashions first started appearing in 2003.)
Kate wears and promotes many British labels, and it seems that in addition to the incredible work coming out of the British Fashion houses, Kate has also helped to highlight the British designers. The British designers’ collections are among my favorites at the moment.
Some other great brands and designers would be Anthropologie, J. Crew, St. John, and for extravagant gowns, Marchesa!
Q. Where can people find you?