It’s an open secret that movie stars don’t dress themselves any more than your 2-year-old. Think Tom Cruise knew what a shawl collar was before someone put him in one? Or that Ryan Gosling woke up one day in a Henley? (Well, maybe.) Fashion in Hollywood involves as much calculation and bartering as negotiating royalties. Which is why the most important person behind an actor’s image isn’t his agent—it’s his stylist. Molly Young spends a week with a Hollywood dresser.
Riccardo Tisci, the 38-year-old designer, reinvented Givenchy, turned around its fortunes, and conquered both the runways of Paris and the streets of Atlanta. But he also did something much more risky.