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Who Gets Taraji P. Henson Red-Carpet Ready: 5 Rising Hollywood Stylists to Watch

6:58 PM 3/15/2016

by THR Staff

It's a classic Hollywood story: As their clients' projects blow up ('Creed,' 'Empire'), so do the profiles of these emerging tastemakers.

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  • Annabelle Harron

    Clients: Patricia Arquette, Rachel Bloom, Elizabeth Debicki

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    Top looks: Harron dressed last year's Oscar winner Arquette, 47, for her Boyhood run, but a more recent standout was The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s Debicki, 26, in a white Giambattista Valli Couture with pink flowers at the Macbeth premiere in Cannes. "We had less than an hour to try options and pull her entire look together before she walked the red carpet," recalls Harron.

    Fashion bio: Born and raised in Australia, Harron got her start working retail: "It was a way to learn about garments, fabrics and how to fit people." She went on to study fashion at Southern Australia's TAFE SA before moving to Los Angeles and assisting Cristina Ehrlich (No. 2 on THR's list).

  • Camille Seydoux

    Clients: Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos

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    Top looks: The off-the-shoulder red chiffon Miu Miu number Lea, 30, wore at the Spectre Mexico City premiere was a crowd-pleaser, while a draped, marigold Prada gown with side cutouts at the 2015 BAFTAs remains her stylist sister's all-time favorite.

    Fashion bio: "In France, celebrity styling isn't really a job," says Paris-born Camille. But when Bond girl and younger sister Lea needed looks for Spectre, the career naturally happened. "From one red carpet to another, I had more actresses coming to see me," says Camille, who just debuted a denim capsule collection for Roger Vivier at Paris Fashion Week.

    Dream client: The stylist, who is a "huge Jane Birkin fan," says that if she could dress anyone in Hollywood, she'd work with Captain America's Scarlett Johansson.

  • Jason Bolden

    Clients: Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige, Angie Harmon, Mara Brock Akil

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    Top look: Empire's Henson, 45, topped this year's Golden Globes best-dressed lists in a custom strapless Stella McCartney column teamed with spectac­ular Kimberly McDonald emerald drops (108 carats).

    Fashion bio: Bolden, a St. Louis native, worked in retail at Chloe, Oscar de la Renta and Gucci before co-owning a vintage store, The Garment Room, in New York City's SoHo. He began his foray into styling when pal Gabrielle Union, 43, asked for help finding something to wear to a 2011 Art Basel event. He says, "I put her in a vintage Lanvin dress and never looked back."

  • Nola Singer

    Clients: Naomie Harris, Katherine Heigl

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    Top look: Singer's all-time favorite look is a floral embroidered Valentino gown that Harris, 39, wore to the New York premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. "A work of art," says Singer.

    Fashion bio: After assisting stylist Phillip Bloch (Singer helped with Oscar winner Halle Berry's iconic Ellie Saab gown for 2002's Monster's Ball), she set out on her own dressing Alicia Silverstone, 39, and Jada Pinkett Smith, 44, before switching to designing jewelry. The Loyola Marymount grad fell back into styling in 2013 after helping Harris decide on a mint green Monique Lhuillier gown for an Oscar party. "I feel grateful to work with my best friend," says the L.A.-based stylist.

    Dream client: "I think Amy Schumer would be a lot of fun and inspiring," says Singer.

  • Wayman + Micah

    Clients: Tessa Thompson, Empire's Serayah McNeill, Djimon Hounsou, Forest Whitaker

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    Fashion bio: Micah McDonald, an Ohio native, moved to New York in 2009 to study at FIT before stints at Marc Jacobs and Alice + Olivia, while Wayman Bannerman hailed from Miami (also an FIT alum) and worked as a New York Times fashion contributor. The duo met through mutual friends and decided to pursue styling as a team in 2009.

    Red-carpet risk: The geometric printed sequin Marc Jacobs with a thigh-high slit worn by Thompson, 32, at the Creed premiere in London nearly didn't happen. "It was the end of a long fitting, and we were pinning a few gowns to be altered, but Tessa loves to play, and she decided to try on one last dress. We were both like, 'Wow, this is the gown,' " recalls Wayman. The dress, which Micah calls "the most daring" choice they have made together thus far, also was a favorite of the rising star's mom. "She was traveling with me, and they decided to let my mom see the dresses before I did," says Thompson. "I was in the other room and heard her saying, 'Ooh,' and, 'It's sort of mixed media,' which sounded frightening, but it was stunning on."

    See Tessa Thompson's best style moments from the past year.

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