When she’s not running around 80 hours a week styling actors and actresses on hit shows like “Suburgatory”, “Glee” and “True Blood”, fashion stylist and costume designer Elizabeth Martucci is power shopping for clothes…for her clients, of course. Sound like fun? Lucky for us, one of Elizabeth’s favorite places to shop is Unique Vintage (she’s gotten Unique Vintage designs on the air many times!) and we were lucky enough to pin her down recently for an interview. According to this LA-based fashionista, the only downside to this fast-paced gig is a messy closet at home!
UV: How did you get started in fashion styling?
EM: I went to school to study fashion design/merchandising and we did an internship as part of the program. The company that I did my internship with, introduced me to a costume designer who was starting a film. I worked as an intern for that film. After my first film, I just kept getting work. I moved my way up through the lo/no pay jobs into a career in the field. It was a long road, but worth it in the end.
UV: Do you work on photo shoots, music video shoots, television shows, movies?
EM: I have worked on all of them, but I have mostly been working in television the last 6 years. I worked on “Nip Tuck”, “Glee”, “Suburgatory”, and am currently on “True Blood”. The work is always very fast paced, but exciting. We shot the Season 2 Finale of “Glee” in New York. We had only a day and a half to shop, fit, alter, and ship everything we could bring with us. We hit the ground shopping to fill in everything we that we hadn’t been able to ship. I was running around SoHo to get the last few pieces for the next day.
UV: What is your style?
EM: I think I have an eclectic style. I take what I love from different times and places and combine them into my own thing.
UV: How has Unique Vintage helped you with your styling needs?
EM: Unique Vintage has been a wonderful resource for me on many jobs. Everyone there is helpful, incredibly knowledgeable about their vendors, and willing to go the extra mile to source multiples and size ranges.
UV: What has been the most rewarding job you’ve been on?
EM: I don’t have one job that was the most rewarding. The rewarding parts are the moments when you help someone find something they feel confident in and are excited about wearing.
UV: Where do you like to shop?
EM: I shop in all types of stores from Rodeo Drive to Goodwill. Vintage and vintage reproduction stores, like Unique Vintage are always good staples. In film and television we dress characters. Part of my job is to really get a sense of who these people are and where they would shop. I try to create the feel of realism to bring these characters to life. That is the fun part of the job. From show to show, there is always an exciting new character to dress.
UV: Who are some of your fashion icons?
EM: I love characters! I like to find my fashion icons on the street in my travels. I am inspired when I see what different types of people, from all walks of life, put on when they wake up in the morning. I also love rock and roll and take a lot of inspiration from that bohemian, free spirited approach to clothing.
UV: What’s YOUR closet look like?
EM: I work about 80 hours a week…my closet looks messy! Ha ha!
UV: What advice do you have for aspiring fashion stylists?
EM: It is rewarding to work at something you enjoy. It requires working long hours with many different personalities, but it is also fun to see exciting clothing come to life.
UV: What fashion magazines and fashion blogs do you read?
EM: One blog that I really enjoy is the Satorialist. I don’t tend to read many fashion magazines. I find more inspiration through art and photography books.
UV: What kinds of emerging trends in fashion do you see coming up in the next few months?
EM: Fashion is cyclical. Everything comes back around eventually. It has been fun watching all the 90s grunge and goth things circling back around.
UV: What are some styling tips you can give to our readers looking for help with their wardrobes?
EM: Learn your body and what looks good on you. Wear clothes that flatter your shape, not just whatever happens to be popular at the moment. Most importantly, let your personality shine through your choices. The confidence and beauty of being true to yourself brings clothes to life.