to make you a custom design for a photo
shoot. I think that’s what people buy into
when they’re choosing someone like
me for a shoot. It’s about my resources.
I have relationships with boutiques that
trust me. I have a network of people that
I can reach out to for all sorts of crazy
requests. The security guys at Neiman
Marcus know my name. They’re like, ‘Oh,
it’s Pascale, that’s fine. She always brings
everything back right away.’
You’ve dressed a number of celebrities. Any experiences in particular
that stand out?
Working with celebrities is definitely a
challenge. Unlike working with a model,
where you can say, ‘Here, wear this,’ a
celebrity has to like what you put them
in. Again, it’s about doing your research.
My first experience with a major celeb
was for George magazine. I did an editorial with ABC News anchor Sam
Donaldson. I was given a list of designers that he would wear, and I was told
that he would only wear red ties. It
was the kind of shoot where everyone
comes in hours before to prep, and you
only have 10 minutes with the person.
They wanted him in casual clothes, and
they had puppies because he loves Labs.
They created a turf pad and a little white
picket fence for the shoot. To see this
major personality…be disarmed by all
these little puppies licking his face, it
was really funny.
I also had the honor of dressing the
second lady, Dr. Jill Biden, for [a] cover
story of Capitol File magazine. We
shot at her office in the old executive
building adjacent to the White House.
[Biden] couldn’t have been nicer, and
she had about five handlers. I pulled a
frilly Oscar de la Renta dress. She put
it on, and you could tell she thought it
was fun because she started twirling in it
and giggling. Her people said, ‘She loves
this dress, but she can’t wear it for the
shoot. It’s not setting the right example.’
She ended up wearing a very serious teal
dress by Jason Wu that I pulled from
Saks Fifth Avenue.
I did the grooming and styling for a