Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Dupuis Bledsoe.
Lindsey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in southern Louisiana at the heels of my seamstress grandmother. Growing up, she always brought my visions to life whether it was a Halloween costume or a dress for a dance. I always enjoyed sketching and designing my own clothes and my nose was constantly in a fashion magazine admiring photoshoots and runway pieces, so you can say my focus was always in fashion. But I needed to figure out how to make it happen coming from a small town in Louisiana. No one from my sweet little hometown seemed to ever leave. My first step was a Bachelors Degree in Apparel Design, then I knew I needed perspective before I took the big leap, so I took an internship in Orlando at Walt Disney World in Creative Costuming. It was a great stepping stone, I was even offered a full-time position there, but my heart was in Los Angeles. I had interned there for a summer in college and fell in love. My first job there was assisting talent as I searched for an “in” in the fashion industry. After two years, I was introduced to styling duo (and designers) Emily Current & Meritt Elliot and my journey with them began. I was with them for seven years moving from assistant to associate to styling director before going out on my own. Working for two driven female entrepreneurs was the perfect foundation for starting my new journey as an independent stylist and business owner.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Like most kids moving to LA in their early 20’s, I know what it’s like to live off of ramen noodles and box wine. My “bedroom” in my first apartment was the dining room of my shared apartment from the 1920’s, but I made it work and I made it home. It’s amazing what passion and a hunger to follow your dreams will get you through. I moved to LA in 2006 before you could slide into someone’s DM’s and ask them for an internship. It was much harder to make initial connections then, but I enjoyed every chapter of my journey. I’ve always chosen to celebrate each little victory along the way, not just wait for the big moments.
Owning your own business isn’t always a smooth road, there is a lot of pressure in starting your own business, but with risk comes reward. And if you form a good team, there is always someone there that has your back. As for styling, I have my share of stories. I have had a client fully packed with 20 head-to-toe looks ready for the Cannes red carpet who canceled the day before leaving. It was a heartbreaker to call all of the designers and showrooms to let them know she was no longer attending. Zippers have busted on gowns seconds before leaving for an event and I’ve threaded up a needle (or 5) and sewed girls into dresses. One dress wasn’t lined correctly, so I found myself cutting up nude spanx and sewing them in 10 minutes before go time. I could go on, but the fact is I have learned from each one of those moments. You have to be ready for whatever life throws your way.
LDB Studio – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a wardrobe stylist based in Los Angeles. I specialize in styling clothes for red carpet, advertising and editorial shoots. Some of my clients include Brittany Snow, Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder and Beth Behrs. I’ve also worked with Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Mandy Moore, Emma Roberts, Sharon Stone and more in my career. I’m most proud of our work ethic as a team, my assistant and I are very dedicated and go the extra mile for each job and client we take on. This is more than a job, its a passion and I’m thankful I was able to turn my passion into a career, so I take on each job with a grateful heart.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I’m grateful that many highlights come to mind, like memorable red carpet moments, spending a week in Paris for couture shows, and collaborating with clients and designers that I look up to, but I’m most proud of being able to juggle being a mother while running a business at the same time. It takes a lot of balance and a great support system which I am so lucky to have in my husband Ben and wonderful assistant Ryann.
- Website: www.lindseydupuis.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @lindseydupuis
- Twitter: lindseydupuis
All are personal photos except for the last image of Nikki Reed and myself (yellow dress). That photo was taken by: Kayla Rocca