How does The Hollywood Reporter rank its 25 Most Powerful Stylists? Each year, the red carpet looks that comprise the work of industry image-makers are evaluated over awards season, from Cannes to the Oscars. The weightiest factors are star power, style and social media — whose A-list clients are driving the conversation in the $2.4 trillion fashion industry, and whose looks are consistently topping best-dressed lists. And in 2019, said conversation isn't only about carefully crafted couture (such as Cate Blanchett's paint-by-numbers Cannes gown, on which No. 4 stylist Elizabeth Stewart and designer Mary Katrantzou worked for six months), but also about making a powerful statement. From Gemma Chan's all-Asian-designers press wardrobe for Crazy Rich Asians (courtesy of No. 3 stylist Rebecca Corbin-Murray) to Tracee Ellis Ross' all-black-designers American Music Awards host ensembles (put together by No. 9 stylist Karla Welch) to all-female-designed looks worn by Golden Globes host Sandra Oh (thanks to No. 12 stylist Elizabeth Saltzman), representation is alive and well on the carpet. So is megawatt glamour: Check out the year's No. 1 look — styled by Tom Eerebout and Sandra Amador, and worn by Lady Gaga to the Venice Film Festival: "Just magic."
An asterisk denotes a stylist who is new to the list.