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Alexander Allen (stylist)

Alexander Allen is a New York based Image Director/Stylist. He is one of the best known celebrity fashion stylists in the country and best known for giving rapper Eve her makeover from hip hop styles into more high-fashion, red carpet looks. He worked with publications including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Teen People, as well as working in the public relations departments at DKNY before starting his own company, Transformers, in 2001. He has dressed luminaries including Beyonce, Shakira, Pink, Fantasia, Toni Braxton, Amerie, Eve, Monica, Laura Linney, Sanaa Lathan, Joe and Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. In addition to styling private clients he is also a regular style commentator for the E! Network, MTV and the blog Young, Black and Fabulous.

Alexander Allen grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School.

After high school, Allen attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduation in 1998, he returned to New York.

He landed a prestigious internship at Marie Claire magazine, where he handled both the clothing and accessories market. After Marie Claire, Alexander headed to the public relations department at DKNY, where he coordinated appointments with prominent fashion editors and helped generate press for the collection. He then moved to Cosmopolitan, where he worked as a freelance fashion assistant, responsible for securing the clothing used on shoots. He built relationships with houses like Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Alessandro Dell'Acqua.

In 1999, Alexander returned to DKNY, where a public relations assistant position was created for him. After assisting styling with Aretha Franklin and Toni Braxton, he built his clientele by working on projects for magazines like Teen People and with artists like R&B singer Joe and Kelly Price.

In 2001, Alexander started his own company Transformers, Inc. He has since worked with Destiny's Child, Isaac Mizrahi, Kimora Lee Simmons, Selita Ebanks, Wendy Williams.

Allen handles head styling duties at special runway events like Designers for Darfur, a multi-designer charity fashion show.

Allen styled Takashi Murakami and his two artists, Chiho Aoshima and Mr., for the Louis Vuitton ball in 2008 at the Brooklyn Museum held in Brooklyn, NY as well as the artists’ photo shoot for the April 14 2008 issue of The New Yorker magazine.

Allen currently resides in New York and is a frequent style commentator for the E! Network, MTV, BET, AOL and the blog Young Black and Fabulous.

Notes:

Alexander Allen was called one of Tinseltown's most influential stylists in the USA Today article, "Behind the Scenes: Hollywood's Fashion Secrets...Meet The Power Stylists."

Style critic Robert Verdi praised Alexander's work, confirming that Alexander "invented Eve."

Alexander was featured in Ebony magazine’s March 2008 issue as "Fashion Heavyweight Champion."

References

  • http://blayreport.blogspot.com/2008/02/because-he-is-truth-alexander-allen.html
  • http://www.ambermag.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=482&Itemid=108
  • http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-119636061.html
  • http://www.gospelcity.com/news/headlines/260

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