We had the good fortune of connecting with Madelyn Droessler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madelyn, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think about risks as opportunities that not everyone will see at first. They’re firey and unknown. Dreams in themselves are risks. My dream, as a child was moving to Los Angeles from my small home town in Iowa. Not everyone always believed in me fully, but I did so I took that risk in trusting in myself. Now, I’ve been in LA for almost 4 years and get to work as a wardrobe stylist with some really incredible people. Risk taking to me means showing up for yourself and starting those conversations that can lead to amazing places.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is helping people find their voice through clothes. I remember as an assignment in my 7th grade English class we got to write an essay planning our future. Where we would go to college and what jobs we would have. The day came when we got to present our essays and I remember being so bored as everyone named off one of the three colleges closest to our home town and mainly all office jobs, which are amazing too. Then, it was my turn. I told my midwest class that I was moving to Los Angeles to be Katy Perry’s personal stylist. Some days I was the only one who believed in my dream and that’s okay. To me fashion was always a way to express how I felt or who I wanted to be. I was very protective of my feelings and ambitions growing up and found that fashion gave me a voice. It started conversations and gave me confidence to explore. Rather that is different textures, colors, silhouettes
or even a whole new state. Playing with it.
My dad owned a restaurant my whole childhood that I worked at almost every day. Seeing how his hard work and passion turned into one of the top 10 restaurants in Iowa inspired me. Embodying this energy as my own. In spare time, creating Pinterest and vision boards from magazine clippings on trend forecasts I had. Noticing other kids complimenting my style. So, I made a fashion Instagram page to challenge myself. It wasn’t always great, but I love connecting with other creators. I did this all through high school until college came and I moved to Los Angeles, finally. From there, I kept studying and pushing my fashion boundaries further and further. Styling my friends before parties, thrifting, up cycling and getting some paid brand collaborations even.
Its funny because this is something I’ve always wanted, but becoming a stylist manifested in the most peculiar way. Sorry, the most LA way. I thought I’d work hard, save and move to California, which I did. Then, where things get interesting, graduate college and score an amazing dream job or internship, but that’s not at all what unfolded. Instead, I complimented a woman’s jeans in a Malibu bathroom. Turns out she is Carrie Underwood’s head stylist, Emma Trask, and took me under her wing. Teaching me what she knows after 20 plus years in the industry and opening me up a network that I continue to grow and get other styling jobs through. Like this month for Carrie’s new music video and doing a cover shoot for Lily Collins. Emma also recently opened up her studio in Malibu, The Chrysalis Lab, where she redesigns and up cycles vintage pieces and I love getting to help up there for that process of transforming pieces.
I think the biggest thing is believing in your passion, letting it show itself to you as you grow and other will feel and see it too. Connecting with people, genuinely, to build those relationships. Not being afraid to do things alone, starting conversations with strangers and sending those crazy messages to people you admire. But, ultimately wearing whatever you want, just wear it with confidence. Because of this, the last year I somehow get to work besides some of the best wardrobe stylists in the industry and I’m so grateful. A dream come true.
Somedays that dream is sending 70 emails to PR teams, finding packages, unboxing hundreds of pieces on set to repack them hours later. Spending two days doing returns for items on set. Other days that dream is seeing your work on TV or in a magazine so that’s pretty crazy.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Funny enough, I have been curating a notes app the last two years for when my friends and family from Iowa come visit me out here for this exact scenario. Lately, one of my favorite food spots is De La Nonna, a totally LA pizzeria with a great all natural wine selection and an interior to die for. The Converatory or Escuela Taqueria have been treating me good too. Other than food, I love walking around Highland Park or Venice. We would definitely have to see some live music, so maybe The Lodge Room, Hotel Cafe or a small, niche place somewhere. Definitely, Zelbulon for the best night of dancing and start the morning at a beach.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This goes to my family who showed me what passion can do and to my younger self and what she believed in. Even when my ideas seemed crazy you never told me, so I kept pursuing.