At this weekend’s Vulture Festival, Cut senior editor Isabel Wilkinson sat down with four prominent Hollywood stylists for a conversation about the effect of style on a celebrity’s career. The panel included Jessica Paster, Erin Walsh, Brad Goreski, and Brandon Maxwell, who have been responsible for red-carpet looks for stars like Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
In response to a question about the practice of celebrities and stylists being paid by brands to wear a certain dress on the red carpet, Paster was candid. “I’m not going to bullshit,” she began. “If it looks gorgeous on you and this is the dress we were going to pick anyway, why not be paid?” Paster said that in her experience, stylists receive anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 for these deals, and actresses often receive $100,000 to $250,000. Watch the video of their full conversation above.