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David Thomas has dressed all your ’90s favorites, from Britney Spears to the Backstreet Boys


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In 1991, Thomas landed his first job at British Squire, where he became the world’s youngest fashion editor at age 25. It was in the magazine that he really fell into the realm of celebrity styling. “When I got the job at Squire, they had a policy that there were no models to use in the fashion pages, ”explains Thomas. “I started to use musicians, actors and artists. I just started writing to people I loved and admired. For one of his first jobs, he enlisted Charlotte Rampling to model costumes. “No one else was really doing that back then,” says Thomas. “Back then, magazine covers were still models, not celebrities. Working with celebrities turned out to be her calling, as they offered a different freedom than magazine editorials. “Magazines and fashion started to get really dirty in the ’90s, and that wasn’t my thing,” Thomas says. “I like sexy and glamorous [clothes]. I remember thinking: Maybe I’m better suited to the music business, they bring me more.

Throughout his impressive 30-year career, Thomas has worked with all types of stars, including one of his all-time favorite style icons, Boy George. (Those all-white looks in “After the Love”? All Thomas.) It’s hard for the stylist to pick his favorite jobs over the decades, but he has a few, including “I Wanna Go” and “If You”. Seek ”by Britney Spears. Amy “videos.” It was so much fun working with her, “he says.” In the ‘If You Seek Amy’ video, we got to experiment with different looks. The first was decadent and sexy. She was wearing those Christian heels. Louboutin bright orange. If someone is going to dance, you have to draw attention to their feet. The second was more innocent and sweet.


Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes