Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Von Mach.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m originally from Detroit, MI and moved to Los Angeles 13 years ago to go to fashion school at FIDM. In school, I interned for all different types of stylists, and then as soon as I graduated one of the stylists I was interning for booked a TV show and asked me to be there PA in the wardrobe department (This was probably one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever worked on it was my boot camp for styling and working in the film industry). From there, I was fortunate enough for my supervisor on the previous show to help get into the union. From there, I was assisting all different types of stylists and costume designers including Rachel Zoe and Janie Bryant. I also moved to New York for a year to get experience in fashion styling there. It’s been within the past 5-6 years I started getting my own clients as well as starting a vintage clothing business. I’m not sure exactly where I want to end up in the fashion world, I just always want to keep creating and do something innovative in my industry.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a long and bumpy road, it hasn’t been easy at all. It’s been tons of hard work, LONG HOURS, and lots of blood sweat and tears. There’s been so many times where I’ve wanted to call it quits! In the beginning, I worked for free for so long and it took me a long time to be stable financially, I would have to pick up side jobs to make extra money. I don’t think most people realize how much work goes into the film and fashion industry.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I feel like there has been landmarks of small successes in my career that have been reminders and rewards that I’m on the right path. When my clients were on Elle and Vogue’s best-dressed list, that was a big accomplishment for me, also this year I won Emmy for Costume Design/Styling for The Real.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think vintage clothing is the way of the future.
- Instagram: @Chelsea_VonMach