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MY CRAZY RED CARPET JOB

Dahabieh (shown with actress Carolina Parsons at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016) takes a hands-on approach to make sure his gowns look perfect in photographs.
He treasures his friendships with the stars he dresses, like Bella Hadid (in Ralph & Russo Couture at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017).

‘I Say Yes to Dressing a Celebrity’

MOHIEB DAHABIEH HEAD OF CELEBRITY RELATIONS, RALPH & RUSSO AND RAMI KADI

What I do: I look after labels Ralph & Russo and Rami Kadi, where I’m responsible for getting celebrities to wear each brand’s designs on every red carpet that matters.

What makes me want to dress a celebrity: There are many factors, but the scale of the event, the star herself and exposure in new markets are all elements. I also stay close with talent representatives and stylists to learn about breakout names, so I’m able to react readily.

My typical day: I’m in constant contact with stylists—the formidable tastemakers and gatekeepers of the red carpet— to secure looks for their clients. I’m also in fittings with the designers and ateliers. I’m responsive around the clock and get little sleep because no matter where I am in the world, I try to be available.

How I got my start: I’ve been hooked on glamour ever since I laid eyes on Miss Piggy at the age of 5. I dropped out of Central Saint Martins after six months and dove straight into the industry. I sat on the stairs of Vivienne Westwood’s atelier in London until they took me on as an intern and then moved up one step at a time.

What I’ve learned: It may seem like all glamour, but there’s true grit to this job, and I find joy in that. Like everything in life, the more you put into something, the more it gives you back. I’m grateful to be able to do what I love.

“I love using jewels to bring a star’s vision to life,” says Gallas (shown above preparing for the 2019 Golden Globes).

‘I Follow Precious Jewelry Around the Globe’

DESIREE GALLAS PR AND MEDIA RELATIONS DIRECTOR, CHOPARD

What I do: I like to think of myself as the fairy godmother of jewels. I make sure the world of celebrities, VIPs and parties are all frosted in Chopard gems.

How I start every day: My life is a never-ending business trip, so I always kick off the day by discussing the priorities with my team. From there anything can happen: meetings with stylists and editors, collaborating with designers and clients or catching a flight to my next adventure. No matter what, the stilettos come out at night and the second part of my day begins.

My favorite part: I always gasp when our jewelry hits the red carpet, like when Lady Gaga wore 59-carat earrings to the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival [left]. I love when flashing lights dance across the gemstones.

What you may not know: To get jewels to a celebrity requires comprehensive insurance and security protocols, including an armored truck and a team of guards. You can be sure that whenever we’re loaning any of our precious jewels, there is never a guard too far away.

She often adorns Rihanna with loads of Chopard sparkle (at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017).

What I’ve learned: There is no quick and easy path to red carpet work: After graduating from Fordham University, I worked for a magazine and a public relations agency before moving into the world of high jewelry. Set goals for yourself and work your butt off every day to accomplish them.

‘I primp stars before they hit the red carpet’

SIR JOHN CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST

What I do: I am a Renaissance man! I mostly create makeup looks for my clients. But I also teach master classes all over the world, and I am a mentor and co-executive producer on Lifetime’s beauty competition series American Beauty Star.

My travel schedule: I am always in motion. Sometimes I have to pack to be away for four to five weeks at a time. I try to make sure neither of my two suitcases are over 70 lbs.

How I feel when I see my work on the red carpet: It’s always a happy moment. It’s like seeing your kid get dressed up and go to the prom.

How I got here: In my 20s, I had a lot of anxiety because I wanted to make it so bad. In fact, I wanted to quit five times because I didn’t think it was going to work out. But I put in the work. I started out at a cosmetics counter. Eventually I assisted [makeup artists] Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury, met incredible women like Naomi Campbell and Beyoncé, and things started coming together. It took me 18 years to make it to where I am today.

What I’ve learned: Makeup is great, but it can also create distance between people. Do not adhere to someone else’s standards of beauty. Instead, love yourself and what makes you different.

“I love to connect with people, and I think beauty is a way to communicate,” says Sir John (with Beyoncé, left, and actress Ashley Benson and hairstylist Sheridan Ward, above).

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