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Meet Alvin Stillwell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alvin Stillwell.

Alvin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been a fashion stylist since 2000. I got my start collaborating with photographer friends who were just graduating from school and needed help with driving their visual message. My first gig was styling a French chef for Bon Appetit Magazine; I remember feeling so stoked seeing my name printed on the magazine as a contributor. Since that first tear sheet nineteen years ago, I have been styling models and celebrities for editorials and advertising campaigns. I am currently represented in the US by Celestine Agency and in the EU by Agency Bigoudi.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think self-employment has its own challenges but it gets easier the longer you do it. Preparedness, humor, kindness and a healthy dose of scrappiness has always been my approach to what I do. I have some amazing creatives I collaborate with so it’s fun. Even on projects that are maybe not so exciting, we know how lucky we are to be doing what we do.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I specialize in editorial and advertising fashion styling. Ultimately, I think a good stylist has to be a storyteller. We are conveying a narrative, a trend, a message through clothing. I’m a textile nerd so my eyes always go directly to objects that look like they were made by hands. I love patterns and textures, I love color. I love brands that are conscious about sustainability.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
LA is a great city to do what I do. There is tremendous talent and industry here. I love the cultural plurality of LA.

The past few years, I have been doing homeless outreach with @careandconnection founded by my friend Tracy Moyer. We provide clothing, food, haircuts, tarps and hygiene kits to the unhoused in Mid Wilshire and Hollywood. It’s a big city with real problems, and everyone can use a little helping hand sometimes. Perspective is important.

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