• Bridget Brager
  • A look styled by Bridget
  • Bridget aims for endless texture in her work
  • Steven Meisel and Alexander McQueen offer inspiration for Bridget's work
  • A look by Bridget
  • A shot from Bridget's portfolio
  • 'As a teenager, I had read archived Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and never knew people actually made money making the models in the ‘90s look so great,' says Bridget.

Bridget Brager

Bridget Brager is the perfect combination of hairdresser and fashion-lover. The New York-based stylist has coiffed models for the likes of Jill Stuart, Gwen Stefani (for her L.A.M.B. line) and Victoria's Secret. She knows her Vogue archive inside and out and has a photographic memory for almost any Alexander McQueen collection ever shown at fashion week. Incidentally, her husband's a model...and if you're curious, you can see him eying Julianne Moore on the November 2010 cover of Allure.

This week, Bridget tells us how she built hair her career (opting out of working in a dentist's office), where she finds her inspiration and how she decides when enough is enough when it comes to style. As an added bonus, she also knows her music and has the perfect creativity-sparking playlist to share.

How and when did you know you wanted to be a stylist?

When my best friend asked me to do her hair for her wedding. It was the best hour of my life. She said I could do anything I wanted, and I found myself creating a style. I was empowered and elated when she actually liked it.

Although it felt amazing, I never thought it was possible to make my newfound talent anything more than a hobby. As a teenager, I had read archived Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and never knew people actually made money making the models in the ‘90s look so great. My now-husband (who’s actually a model) introduced me to this amazing world of fashion and made my desire a reality. 

What would you be if you didn’t do hair?

Just out of high school, I wanted to be a dental hygienist. Now, I have a thing for baking. If I weren't doing hair, then I'd be opening my own bakery.

In terms of hair, tell us about a collection that you found especially striking.

I was inspired by Lee McQueen's last collection (for the Alexander McQueen label) before his death. The collection was the perfect combination of wonderment. There's this fitted, sleeved dress that especially stood out to me. It had a large collar and went down to about knee-length…it was covered with golden feathers…and coming from underneath was ivory tulle and lace that swept the floor. It first made me think, “Wow,” and then, “How can I make hair have that texture? How could I style the hair to do the dress justice?”

How do you know when a look is “done”?

Are there any cues to tell you when to put down your styling products? Sometimes you never feel like a look is done. Sometimes a style will look best on the last shot after being touched, teased, brushed and worked.

Your dream collaboration?

McQueen, Meisel and me. A dream.

Pick five songs for a playlist that would make you feel extra-creative.

1. Beast of Burden: The Rolling Stones 

2. Little Red Corvette: Prince (or anything by Prince)

3. Sweet Disposition: The Temper Trap

4. Dimestore Diamond: Gossip

5. Jackson: Johnny Cash

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