Kesha's Stylist Shelby Scudder on Rainbow Hair & How to Make It in the Fashion Industry

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Kesha attends The Humane Society of The United States' To The Rescue gala at Paramount Studios on May 7, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif.

Billboard’s 2016 Women in Music honored singer/songwriter Kesha with the Trailblazer Award for her fearlessness, work ethic and boundary-breaking creativity. It also doesn’t hurt that her lively, colorful style reflects that radiance. Shelby Scudder, the singer’s stylist, makes sure of that. 

The L.A.-based stylist has been Kesha’s right-hand woman in fashion for almost five years. Scudder -- who comes from a design background (BFA in fashion design) -- had assisted the esteemed costume designer Zaldy, helping to create tour costumes for Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and even Michael Jackson. When she's not dressing her A-list clients, she’s also a talented collage artist and fashion blogger. Get to know the fashion creative behind Kesha’s most jaw-dropping looks with Billboard’s Stylist Spotlight below.

 

I got Block Shop'd in the Hi Dez ----@blockshoptextiles @hopiestockman @lilystockman #flattopprojects

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Describe Kesha’s style in three words.

Colorful, sexy, brash.

Proudest Kesha moment of 2016?

Oh, so many! I dressed her for her New York magazine cover, her court appearance, her tour. But my proudest style moment was her Azzi and Osta gown for the Humane Society Gala.

What are you most excited about for Kesha’s style in 2017?

I am desperately hoping (along with the rest of the world) that Kesha will be able to release her new music in 2017, and we are so excited to evolve her look to complement the incredible new sound!

If you had to dye your hair any Kesha color, which would it be and why?

No-brainer. For sure the killer pastel neon rainbow by Vittorio Masecchia. Because how could you wake up, look in the mirror, and not smile?

 

---------- final episode of #risingstar tonight. My bff is sooooo ready to slayyyyy! #makeup #prohair #rainbow

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Who are your favorite badass female style icons?

Zendaya always looks next-level good. But to throw it back a little, Christina Aguilera in the "Dirrty" days, and Gwen Stefani in the No Doubt dyed-hair era are my ultimate style icons. 

Most overused word in fashion:

Chic.

Most underused word in fashion:

Authentic.

 

How does having a design background help you in wardrobing?

I think it’s priceless and can't imagine doing (or enjoying!) my job without design knowledge. It helps me in technical ways, such as understanding the fit of a garment, and where and how alterations can be made to perfect it or to further flatter the body. And it helps me creatively to be able to design looks from scratch or to customize pieces for a client -- to give them a really special look that caters exactly to their identity.

What is your advice to aspiring stylists trying to get a break?

Make work! Be creative! Put art out into the world! Don't try to be perfect, try to create content as much as possible and you will learn and grow tremendously in the process. With social media, everyone has a platform to show what they can do -- take advantage.

 

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What’s one Valentine’s Day style gift you wouldn’t mind receiving?

Am I supposed to say something cute/skimpy/lacy? Cause my pregnant body is currently only accepting granny panties and men's vintage tees. Luckily, no matter how my body changes, there's always shoes! I'd love Axel Arigato sneaks or Stuart Weitzman suede thigh-high boots

Your mantra for 2017:

"Make time only for what truly matters."


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