Sophie Clauzel, Fashion Stylist Known for Her Trademark Edgy Chic
Enter the petite and very pretty Sophie Clauzel, a successful Paris-based fashion stylist known for her trademark edgy chic, who graduated from fashion school in Paris, went on to work as a fashion assistant for Elle Magazine before launching her freelance career as a stylist, a career which has seen her working regularly with magazines such as Elle (France and international editions), Wad and Diva etc... And Sophie Clauzel has also worked her visual magic on the likes of the Oscar-nominated Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), actress Alysson Paradis, Gad Elmaleh (one of France’s most acclaimed actors), Paul Belmondo…
Ahead of Paris Fashion Week, represented with the best of fashion: Balenciaga, Carven, Christian Dior, Maison Martin Margiela, Louis Vuitton and Chloe just to name a few, Creative Mapping caught up with Sophie in Paris to talk more about all things fashion and fabulous.
It’s said that some of the most powerful people in Hollywood – in fact in the whole world of entertainment – aren’t the predicted big players, they are in fact fashion stylists. It’s nearly Oscar time again, and when countless millions (or some say well over a BILLION) are watching, it’s not just the movies the audiences are interested in, but what everyone is wearing, how their hair is styled, what shoes they are shimmying down the red carpet in – and that is serious Styling power. It’s fair to say that a good (or bad) stylist can make (or break) the career of someone in the public eye.
And as far as influences go, Paris is very much on the style and fashion agenda, with A-Listers from LA to New York to London to Berlin to Paris and who knows where else, are perusing fashion magazines from France for inspiration and ideas. So who are the stylists that influence heel heights and hemlines globally, helping to make unknown models into supermodels and actresses and actors into revered style icons?
Meet Sophie Clauzel, fashion stylist with a visual magic edgy chic trademark.
CM: Who are you?
I’m Sophie Clauzel, a fashion stylist in Paris for the last four years. I studied fashion (design) at Esmod in Bordeaux for two years.
CM: What is Esmod?
It’s a fashion school for creation – not for fashion stylists, for fashion designers. When I finished the school, it was proposed I become an assistant at a magazine and I thought, why not. I wasn’t a great designer and I liked it (the magazine) so, I was at Elle Magazine for two years.
CM: What did your job as a Fashion Assistant for Elle involve?
I did shopping, chose clothes and I worked on ideas for fashion shoots. I’d go to fashion shows, to press offices to choose clothes. I was just an assistant so my boss gave me advice, do this, don’t do that – it was cool. She (my boss) gave me two fashion shoots on the magazine (as stylist) and I thought I like this – I want to continue doing this. It was like a gift at the end of my contract.
CM: From working at Elle, what was your next career step?
I was an assistant for a TV show at France 2. I didn’t like it because it was just putting a sweater on a presenter – it wasn’t creative. So I did it for four months and after continued to do work as an assistant fashion stylist for ID Magazine etc... and I began to do a lot of stuff by myself, for TV etc.. and now I’ve been freelance for four years.
CM: Do you have an agent and is it hard to find an agent in Paris?
No, I need to have one. It’s difficult to find an agent in Paris, if you don’t do very famous shoots like Vogue or some other famous publication, they don’t want you.
CM: How do you market your work?
It’s the people you meet – it’s just contacts.
CM: What resources do you use as a stylist?
A magazine or a photographer may contact me and say I have a shoot with a celebrity or model and say are you interested in that.... and that’s how it works.
CM: Do you have a specific trait or visual style you’re known for?
I think so – all the time people say I know your work, I recognise it. I have something a little bit girlie/feminine, but modern and contemporary.