Inside The Stylish Mind of Texas Fashion Stylist, Michelle Washington. Catch Our Interview Here.

Inside The Stylish Mind of Texas Fashion Stylist, Michelle Washington. Catch Our Interview Here.

In a time where our most stylish looks involve a clean pair of sweats, we are daydreaming of the days where we can get back to creating fabulous outfits and go out for a night on the town. We had the pleasure of chatting with Michelle Washington, a TV Style Expert, Fashion Stylist, and GQ Insider with distinct skills and knowledge. Michelle is known for seeking out the hottest styles and has even been published on magazines like 71 Magazine, Austin Fusion Magazine and more. She has worked under many amazing designers such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Nike Inc and so many more. Her stylings have even been seen on the red carpet for Netflix premieres. Michelle caters to the fashion industry and her media clients by providing her amazing vision and artistic talent to create unique looks. Want to get to know what is buzzing through the mind of a fashion stylist right about now? Catch our interview with her below!

Photographed above is Michelle Washington. Find her stylings here.

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SLTV: Thank you for chatting with us today. We have followed your career with lots of love. How did you get into styling? Tell us your beginning. 
MW: Some accomplishments are not an overnight success, it has taken me years. I was born, raised, and educated in Texas (my world travel later became a benefit of my fashion industry career). I went to NYC right after I graduated from Baylor University in fashion design. I worked for different noteworthy design labels with the intention of working in fashion as a designer. Having pursued design for a while and learning about all the different jobs and responsibilities in the fashion industry, my interest changed. I thought I wanted to pursue being a designer, but the close collaboration with creative teams satisfied my interest in fashion design and created my love of styling. The life of a Stylist is not easy (really exhausting), but I never get tired of the finished product at the end of the day.

Photographed above: Michelle Washington styling a model for a shoot.

SLTV: When styling for a shoot, what inspires you the most?
MW: I’m mostly inspired by the early work of Grace Coddington. Grace’s overall remarkable 50 years of fashion contribution is always an inspiration to me. She is a former model and former creative director of Vogue magazine. Coddington is known for the creation of large, complex and dramatic photoshoots. She has produced some of fashion’s most memorable imagery; an inspirational creative odyssey of decadence that brings art and fashion together.

Photographed above: Michelle Washington styling a model for a shoot.

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SLTV: Can you tell us your most memorable makeover or style session? What do you think made that moment for your client so significant.
MW: One of my celebrity shoots from my portfolio brings back one of many memories. The celeb actress had super tall stilettos, as she cross-stepped…I could see her in slow motion falling in the $10,000 gown I dressed her in. I dove to the floor like a baseball player sliding to home-base, breaking her fall just in time…Wheeeew!

Photographed above: Michelle Washington styling a model for a shoot.
SLTV: What are your positive hopes for the Texas fashion industry?
MW: Texas has a great fashion future ahead, full of jobs and economic growth. I look forward to Texas being a fashion industry competitor to be reckoned with.
SLTV: We loved what you did with your virtual interviews earlier this month! Was this your way of bringing positivity to others during this difficult time?
MW: Yes, EXACTLY! It’s easy to feel helpless in the midst of an uncontrollable situation. Twenty-four hours and seven days a week of non-stop negative news is not living. I lived in NYC when 9/11 occurred and lived through what first hand statewide depression felt like; not a single media outlet would allow for a moment of escape. Our current situation presented the right time to generate a positive outlook during dark times via the fashion industry. People know our names and the clothes, but not what makes us laugh or how much we will fight for our quality of life one designer mask at a time!

Photographed above is Michelle Washington. Find her stylings here.
SLTV: I had a blast speaking with you, Michelle! I’m so excited to see what you do next! Can you give us an inside scoop on what’s in store for your career?
MW: As a TV Style Expert, I am excited to be represented as celebrity talent by AAE (All American Entertainment). As a Fashion Stylist and GQ Insider, I am proud to exclusively style for magazines, TV personalities and celebrities. After Netflix hired me to style their celebrity talent, my career took a new direction! I stay booked and busy! Being booked for on-camera appearances has also been a great addition. I have many great projects ahead that continue to merge my love of fashion with the media and film industry. I wish I could say more, but you’ll have to wait and see!
SLTV: WOW! We are going to keep our eyes peeled for that! Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished and good luck on what’s to come! 
Photographed above: Michelle Washington styling a model for a shoot.


Kassandra Rodriguez
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Kassandra is a Trendsetter Member of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative currently learning about online fashion media and content creation through its mentorship opportunity. Originally from McAllen, Texas, Kassandra is a fashionista at heart. She hopes to inspire everyone to dress outside of their comfort zone and use style as a form of self-expression. She's an advocate for plus size fashion, believing that fashion shouldn't discriminate on the basis of pant size. From working Alta Roma Fashion Week, to styling Milan Men's Fashion Week her experiences bring a unique flame to San Antonio.