06 January 2009

Arianne Phillips - stylist to the stars

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Costumer and stylist extraordinaire, Arianne Phillips is one busy lady. Her schedule not only includes being a much sought after costumer in Hollywood - Girl, Interrupted and Walk The Line (for which she received an Academy Award Nomination in 2005) are amongst her biggest films - but she also styles for Lenny Kravitz (her ex-roomy), Courtney Love and as Madonna's stylist, Arianne is on tour for months and months at a time as Madge's right hand woman. Hint Magazine was lucky enough to grab a few minutes of Arianne's time to quiz her on all things from Madonna to accidents on film set. Check out our top pick of Q&As here... http://www.hintmag.com/blog/blog.php

You just finished a film last week. Can you tell me about it?
It was the new Tom Ford film. It's his directorial debut and it was awesome. He's a natural director and it was so great to work with someone who has such an amazing vernacular for costumes and clothing. The story is so great. I've been attached to it for a while, since he chose to go for independent funding. It's based on the Christopher Isherwood novel A Single Man. Set in 1962, it stars Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. I guess I'm becoming the mid-century girl.

What's your worst moment on set?
It was at the beginning of my film career. I was getting my trailer door kicked in by an angry actress who I neglected to get thermals for. The producer told me I should go home and not come back for a few days.

I know you're into black. Do you ever wear colour?
No. Black, black, black! I'm a tired ol' goth!

What did you want to be growing up?
I wanted to be all my Halloween costumes-a witch, an actress and a princess.

Best Courtney Love moment?
We're at an Oscar party and she and Jack Nicholson are smoking cigars in the dark. Too many more to mention.

Worst Madonna moment?
Being chased by rabid paparazzi in Italy en route to the MTV Europe Music Awards. I thought we were going to die in that car.

What was working on Swept Away (film starring Madonna) like?
It was one of the best times I ever had. We were on a boat in the middle of the Mediterranean. It was a very intimate crew. I got permission to leave a week early and then I was called back when they decided to add a musical number at the very end. We needed an outfit and I couldn't find one so I ended up at the Versace showroom in Milan. I remember it was truffle season. It was awesome. See, all my memories are tied to food.

Tell me your favorite outfit of this Madge tour.
The sexy robot section, the crystal football shoulders and the Joan of Arc silver armor breastplate in the final section.

What's your next project?
I'm flying to Rio to shoot the cover of W with Madonna and Steven Klein. It's our third W cover.


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