When it comes to the skills necessary to become a successful fashion stylist, Jason Bolden possesses more than a great eye. Some might call him a visionary as he turns Hollywood star after star into an elegant red-carpet standout. (After all, consider the first four letters of his last name.)
Right now, he’s on a roll. Earlier this month, Bolden composed a trio of distinctive looks for Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Met Gala in New York, which has been heralded as the fashion scene’s equivalent to the Oscars.
Bolden guided “Grown-ish” star Yara Shahidi out of her comfort zone for her debut at the exclusive Anna Wintour-touched affair, for which Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace served as this year’s hosts. The gala’s theme, which was on full sartorial display on May 7, was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” the title of the museum’s Costume Institute exhibition.
Shahidi ended up wearing a whimsical tulle dress, adorned with a dramatic beaded bib from Chanel’s current couture collection. Despite his nickname for the actress, Baby Couture Custom, Bolden said Shahidi usually doesn’t pick “poufy” designs. “She’s not a cupcake kind of girl,” he said.
The stylist also collaborated with designer Tory Burch to create a gauzy white gown for Sasha Lane, fulfilling, he said, the actress’ wish “to look like an angel.” And he styled
When it comes to styling, Bolden said, it’s “about finding out what people’s points of view are. Your inspiration is people being happy and doing things that you love.”