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Meet Sara Borgese

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Borgese.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sara. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started in the fashion industry over ten years ago and have been styling for over five. Jumping around from merchandising to graphics and then to retail, I finally pursued my dream of styling. After five years of unpaid work and paying my dues, I finally found my home with celebrity stylist, Tara Swennen. I started at an entry-level position as an intern then moving onto first assistant in less than a year. In my time with Tara, I learned everything about styling from how to properly bill a client to pinning a garment and performing fashion miracles.

With my experience and knowledge over the two and a half years under Tara, I officially broke off in Spring 2017 and began styling on my own. Since then, I have grown my business and have worked with many talented individuals including Adam Scott, Dustin Hoffman and Shaun White to name a few. I have styled celebrities for red carpet and press events and love working on commercial and editorial projects with E!, Freeform, and many more.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Styling is a bumpy, foggy road that needs to be navigated with two hands on the steering wheel at all times and on high alert. You always have to be on your toes and ready for a pin to drop. There are struggles that come along the way that test your creative problem-solving. Personally, mine have ranged from having multiple shoots on the same day/time on opposite sides of the city, a zipper breaking seconds before a client needs to be in front of the camera, creative direction changing with less than 24-hour notice, and packages being held at customs. It’s really how one responds to these challenges that test your passion and drive for what you do.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a freelance celebrity wardrobe stylist outfitting celebrities for red carpet appearances, editorial shoots, commercials and promos. I am most proud of being able to create a client’s look and personal brand while helping them feel their best. There is no better feeling than a client thanking you for bringing their vision to life. Stylists are a dime a dozen these days, so what separates me from the rest of the crowd is my attention to detail and being very hands-on with every project I’m involved in. I put 110% in everything I do and I believe taking that extra step gives me an edge over others.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Styling is not a singular job. I am thankful to have an amazing network of people around me that have supported and strengthened my growth as a stylist. My parents by far are my biggest supporters in every sense of the word. Tara Swennen has been my mentor in preparing me to take on the styling world. I met Janelle Albino, an Executive Producer at NBCUniversal, as Tara’s assistant on a work trip to London and she has taken on many roles in my life as a mentor, supporter, “Dream Team” teammate, and friend. Karlie Mejia has been there for me since day one and has become my sister, best friend, and “ride or die”. Last but certainly not least, I wouldn’t be anywhere without my clients. I appreciate value and love each of them and the relationships we have built throughout the years. It is truly an honor and pleasure to work with each and every one of them.

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