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Behind the Scenes of Wardrobe Styling at L'anza's B.I.G. Event 2017

Jamie Newman | November 14, 2017 | 11:20 AM
A dress made entirely out of white garbage bags.
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A dress made out of recycled and painted plastic shopping bags.
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A dress made entirely out of black trash bags.
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Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired look as part of Leah Freeman's segment of the B.I.G. Show.
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"Dreamcatcher" look as part of Ammon Carver's segment of the B.I.G. Show.
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"Nightmare" look as part of Matt Swinney's segment of the B.I.G. Show.
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Jenna Di Brino tries on her hot-glue-gun creation. Using just hot glue, she molded this on a mannequin.
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What does it take to create a wardrobe to compliment hair creations by the likes of NAHA winners and NAHA-nominated artists?

Wardrobe stylist Jenna De Brino has worked on the wardrobe stylings for L'anza's B.I.G. Show for the brand's annual B.I.G. Event the past three years, yet she calls the most recent one the best yet. 

De Brino says she and her assistant Amanda Miller work directly with each member of L'anza's Global Creative team, which includes Ammon Carver, Leah Freeman and Matt Swinney, to dream up each wardrobe style they will create. 

"Ammon kind of wanted a dream-catcher-inspired style, Matt wanted a nightmare theme and Leah wanted a dreamy look, so we kind of all collectively thought about different ideas," De Brino says. 

Bouncing off L'anza's mission of maintaining a green commitment by ensuring that all of our products and actions support a healthy and sustainable Earth, De Brino and Miller constructed ballgowns out of recycled materials they collected from friends. For one of the most jaw-dropping designs, they took bags from Target, department stores and drugstores, painted them with spray paint in a variety of bright colors and handmade individual plastic blossoms. The flowers were then secured together to create a full-length skirt. A piece like this takes about three months to create. 

De Brino's advice to other stylists who aspire to work alongside hairdressers or in the beauty industry? Be creative.

"This is a great outlet to be creative," she says. "I'm not a designer, I'm a wardrobe stylist, but this was so much fun for me to actually take pieces that are non-conventional and make something beautiful out of them. Something like this [The B.I.G. Show] gives you the platform to express yourself and go full-out; Nothing is too crazy." 

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