Le 23 janvier 2016, 04:21 dans Humeurs • 0
Rebecca Corbin-Murray is a British stylist best know for her work with Downton Abbey and Cinderella star Lily James. Based in London, she travels around the world with the actress to ensure that she is red carpet ready for the legions of premieres, junkets and photocalls that film stars are contracted to attend. She was introduced to James via her work with former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko; both stars share the same agent, and she was introduced to James around the time she started appearing in Downton Abbey.
Most actresses need coaxing into their red carpet personas
“I have never met anybody that loves doing red carpet” says Corbin-Murray, explaining how in the beginning, young actresses worry about feeling ridiculously over-dressed and looking too over-the-top for their events. Her advice to them is simple. “I tell them: 'If you want to be the movie star you have to dress like a movie star, even if you feel a bit silly,’ - especially when you’re English and you always act embarrassed about everything all the time.”
James’s Cinderella wardrobe was a once-in-a-lifetime affair…
James had wanted to look a certain way for her tour of the Disney film, but her style was soon dictated by the fairy tale nature of the film. “Half the people turning up to promotional events were small children, and they were there to see Cinderella. So we thought, how many times on a red carpet tour can you actually have to look more of the part?” Cue a wardrobe of beautiful, sugary dresses, which took months to prepare.
…and her Elie Saab princess moment won’t be forgotten any time soon
“That was the most perfect dress for that movie” enthuses Corbin-Murray of the blue, intricately embellished gown which James wore to the world premiere of Cinderella. “It’s one of those moments which will probably keep coming up whenever Lily’s mentioned, even in 10 years’ time. That dress was fantastic… I mean, if you’re going to have a princess dress then Elie Saab is the man to go to.”
Sometimes, the stylist has the last word
For James’s appearance at the Golden Globes, they had narrowed the extensive selection of Marchesa dresses brought to Los Angeles for them by co-creative director Georgina Chapman down to two. “I put my foot down and said she should wear the one she wore” says Corbin-Murray. “It was her first outing at the Globes, and it’s really quite a big deal and everybody’s watching – not only for the awards but people are watching for the red carpet and I think she was a bit nervous about getting it wrong.” She was right to insist - James looked incredible.
Social media could influence James’s next look
As well as attending fashion shows, visiting showrooms and scouring through lookbooks, Corbin-Murray gets courted through social media.“I get tagged a lot on Instagram by brands which can be a little overwhelming getting through it all, but sometimes you come across a good gem actually – an unknown brand or an unknown something,” she reveals.
There’s definitely an alchemy to red carpet dressing
“There are certain things you can’t get around, and that is an actress’ body type,” explains Corbin-Murray. While catwalks employ 6ft-tall, Amazonian-like models, stars such as James can be a foot smaller and curvier. “And then you’ve got fabrics and colours to consider.. . a lot of actress won’t wear velvet or orange for photos… there’s so much to think about.”
Practising poses is definitely encouraged...
Prior to James stepping out at the Golden Globes, James’s stylist made her stand in the mirror “practising different poses and while we take pictures and then go through them and make sure that the way she is standing is the best for her and the best for the dress.” This is understandable when you consider how intimidating a red carpet can be: “We just see the pictures of the girl – you don’t see the thousands of photographers the other side – people staring, people screaming at them, shouting at them to smile, turn around, do that, do this.”
Dealing with diamonds is nerve-wracking for all involved...
James wore over $1.5m worth of jewellery to the Golden Globes ceremony, which Corbin-Murray had to sign for receipt of. “I just looked at the form and thought I was going pass out” she laughs. James’s jet-set lifestyle doesn’t help, either: “She went straight from the Globes to the airport and there was this whole having to intercept her somewhere to take the jewels and put them back in the safe.”
There’s a reason why stars employ a stylist
For an in-demand actress such as James, a stylist’s help is invaluable. As Corbin-Murray relays: “They work so hard, they’re on location, they’re jet-lagged, they’re doing 18-hour days and they’re in a corset, they’re doing a foreign accent and then they have to fly somewhere for two days to promote something. It sounds really fabulous and like a jet-set lovely life but actually, it’s very tiring, and they do not want to come home and look through Style and figure out what to wear.”