Being a fashion stylist in the 21st Century is a work of art. It’s a demanding career of keeping up with trends on runways and the market, nurturing client relationships, and somehow having a life outside of fashion. Here in Los Angeles, stylists are a dime a dozen, but one woman stands out from the crowd.
Donna Lisa has graced almost every Lookbook or campaign for brands, models, and musicians we love. We have seen her work her magic in numerous magazines like, Teeth Magazine, CREEM Magazine, and Volt Magazine to name a few.
We wondered if this was something Donna Lisa always wanted to do? This week, we get answers and share with you some of our favorite looks.
Post & Interview by Krystabell Heard
Photos provided by Donna Lisa
When did you first become interested in styling?
I've always been interested in fashion since I was a kid so I think styling just always came natural to me. My first memory is probably watching Madonna on TV when I was about 5 years old and she had on that infamous cone bra. I fashioned my own out of some plastic cups & string right after. My parents got concerned.
I can't say I always wanted to be a stylist. I just knew I was a creative & I couldn't do the 9-5 thing & keep my sanity. Styling didn't really start even becoming a thought in my mind until I moved to LA and started assisting on the side while working 3 other jobs to pay rent.
What is your favorite thing about your career?
My favorite thing about being a stylist would have to be the simple act of creating and working on my own terms. I also love the fact I get to work with other artists that constantly inspire me. I feel really lucky.
We have seen your (art) styling in catalogs, editorials and music videos. Which of these projects is your favorite to work on?
It's hard to pick a "favorite" because all my jobs/clients are so different. But if I had to pick, it would be working with musicians. Maybe it's because I wish I had the voice but rock n roll is everything. They always have an opinion and I respect that.
What future project are you currently excited for?
I just worked with my client Meg Myers on Conan. I had never met him & I'm such a fan! I definitely geeked-out a bit and posted too much on snapchat. Next week NYC for an Urban Decay project, excited for that too!
Take a peek into Donna Lisa’s stylist-life by following her on Instagram @donnalisa00