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Rising Stars: Meet Alan Montes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alan Montes.

Hi Alan, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve always been keen and interested in fashion since as a kid. I made it a goal to become a fashion designer when I was in middle school.

After graduating high school, I was accepted to FIDM. Soon right after four short months, I dropped due to lack of finances. As soon as I dropped, I applied to community College and took the fashion program. Little after that, I discovered how I hated pattern drafting and I was just too impatient for sewing.

Styling just landed on my lap after producing and styling a fashion show for my promotion and coordination class. For me, this was my epiphany and I knew I was going on the right direction.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
First and foremost, my mother has been extremely supportive. Her love and support really paved the road to be smooth for me and my future.

As far as obstacles, I’ve had many. We all do, we just have to learn to overcome them.

A few of my many obstacles and or challenges:

1. I was and still am commuting from orange county

2. Was not able to shop from retailers and was blacklisted due to returns “ooops”.

3. My first couple of years, I sponsored my own photoshoots out of pocket. It got expensive.

4. Public Relations, fashion showrooms and fashion designers would turn me down when I requested for Wardrobe because I didn’t have enough experience.

5. Dealing with park rangers/ law enforcement due to not having commercial permits for photoshoots for on location.

6. Self-doubt

7. Planning my Stylist schedule and work/ schedule.

8. Working with very interesting personalities.

9. Styling is not glamorous it’s a lot of work.

10. Changing models inside vehicles in 100 + weather.

11. Having to carry extremely heavy garment bags with very expensive clothing all over DTLA.

12. It is all worth it because it is my art, my passion, I love working with talented people, it is always exciting and fulfilling.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a Wardrobe Stylist aka professional dresser. I’d like to say I specialize in editorial fashion. I create and paint with fashion. Wardrobe is my medium.

Mostly I’m proud of making the designers happy. I get messages from them all the time and how appreciative they are about me utilizing their pieces. It makes me soooo proud and fulfilled.

I like to create something out of nothing or utilize what I have. Sometimes even flip a dress upside-down or wear pants as a bolero jacket. These are little nuances that set me apart from others. The reactions I receive from my teams when I do something unconventional are priceless.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I am fully available for any collaboration projects. All you have to do is reach out. I am open and accepting to all with open arms and open heart.

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