CelebStyle: How did you get started styling for American Idol?
Soyon An: I started back in season six as the stylist for their live tours. Then on season eight, I started styling the show and tours. I had a background as a fashion designer and had worked as a stylist as well with indie artists and bands.
CS: What is the process of styling like from start to finish?
SA: I work with each contestant to help define and craft their image as they grow and develop during the season. I work with each contestant, discuss their inspiration and vision, listen to their song choice, try on some looks from my pull, and then we shop the missing elements. Sometimes I actually customize a new look or build the outfit from scratch. Already this season, I had Colton Dixon's suit and tie studded, Erika Van Pelt's top crystalized, Joshua Ledet's blazer customized with the white and black.
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