Sasha Charnin Morrison has spent the last 25 years working in fashion, most of them as a stylist (she’s styled everyone from Jennifer Lopez to the Real Housewives of New Jersey and is currently the fashion director at US Weekly). It’s a profession that today needs no explaining, but back when Charnin Morrison got her start styling, there wasn’t even a name for what she did. Thanks to Phillip Bloch and especially to Rachel Zoe and Bravo, everyone knows what a stylist does and it seems like everyone wants to be one. But how?
Enter Charnin Morrison’s new book, Secrets of Stylist: An Insider’s Guide to Styling the Stars ($24.95, Chronicle Books), which is essentially the first how-to book on being a stylist. “I realized there was nothing out there,” Charnin Morrison says explaining the impetus to write the book.
Charnin Morrison culls from her 25 years of experience–which means tons of interviews with her friends who are top stylists to A-list stars–to give aspiring stylists the low down on what actually goes into the job that appears deceptively glamorous. Just how un-glamorous does it get? We talked to Charnin Morrison to find out.