Alexander Allen is a fashion stylist and costume designer who has now signed on to work as a stylist with Amazon’s new Prime Wardrobe service.
Allen says that, over the course of his past 20 years in the industry, he’s dressed everyone from Shakira to Beyoncé, worked on Madonna’s tour, styled artist Takashi Murakami, and worked with designers including Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Dsquared2.
Allen has also worked extensively in entertainment, with wardrobe and costume department credits on the movies “Ocean’s 8” and “Second Act,” the TV show “POSE” (starring Billy Porter), and Broadway’s “Iceman Cometh” (starring Denzel Washington).
In an exclusive interview with Business Insider, Allen discusses his career and shares his insights into the ever-changing fashion industry.
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Fresh off working on wardrobe and costuming for Madonna’s tour, stylist Alexander Allen is now poised to work with Amazon Prime Wardrobe as a stylist, where he will assist the tech giant with its foray into the fashion retail sphere. But before he started working with the tech giant, Allen was a veteran stylist within the hip-hop industry and says he’s worked with everyone from Eve to Beyoncé to Shakira – and even Denzel Washington.
He’s also worked in film, television, and theater, with wardrobe, costuming, and styling credits on “Ocean’s 8,” Fox’s “Almost Family,” Ryan Murphy’s “POSE,” and “Network” with Tony Goldwyn. In an interview with Business Insider, Allen spoke about how he developed his career and how he feels about the way the industry has changed over the years.
“I grew up here in Brooklyn, New York.”
I’m a native New Yorker — and it’s not too many of us, it’s quite rare. I was always fascinated with entertainment, music, fashion. I just didn’t know in what capacity I would proceed with that. It wasn’t until I went to college — Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where I studied telecommunications with a concentration in public relations — that’s where my love for entertainment increased even more.
“Upon graduation, I came back home and secured an internship at Marie Claire magazine in the fashion department.”
My boss at the time, she got a job over at Donna Karan and she brought me along with her. [There] I befriended a stylist, and our very first project was with P!NK, who was virtually unknown at the time. It was there that I realized, ‘Okay, I want to do styling,’ because it was entertainment, it was music, it was fashion [all combined]. It was me creating my own schedule. It was also great compensation. It was everything that I wanted, and I just proceeded from there.
“My career has been self-financed.”
I was the first entrepreneur in my family, so it’s always a huge undertaking doing anything new and not having anyone …read more
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