Celebrity stylist returns to East Sacramento with more passion for style than ever

East Sacramento grown Jacqueline Gage has style and Hollywood has taken notice. Gage has styled Taylor Swift for the singer’s first Grammy’s and dressed comic Tracy Morgan for a Rolling Stones photo shoot. And after all that success away from her hometown, Sacramento, Jacqueline has returned, bringing her shopping business with her.
Called Style by Gage, the business caters to anyone who needs help with their wardrobe, or wants to enhance their overall image. “These include working men and women, housewives, or anyone who just wants to up their style game!” Jacqueline told the East Sacramento News.
After graduating in theater arts from Northridge State, Jacqueline then honed her passion for fashion in one of the most competitive arena’s, the entertainment industry, working for Neiman Marcus and continued assisting various celebrity stylists.
Right before she graduated, she started assisting top celebrity stylists and had a great opportunity seeing the ins and outs of the celebrity styling business. “I remember the first week I started working for them I was driving up sunset to Penelope Cruz’s house; it was surreal. The first month I worked for the stylists, we dressed Penelope Cruz, Jessica Biel, Rebecca Romijn and Kyra Sedgwick, to say it was star studded was not an exaggeration.”
Speaking about her deep love for fashion and how it relates to the amazing background she’s built for herself, she is so humble and brings her clients a genuine sense of wanting to help others. Take for instance this response to what have been the most exciting, most challenging and most fun she’s had 10 years in the business, Jacqueline said, “I had so many wonderful experiences working as a fashion stylist, but realized what I loved most was the ability to make men and women feel better through enhancing their image. I wanted to bring my business to a market that was less saturated and I thought there was no better place than my hometown of Sacramento! It is a place that is dear to me and it is a place that has seen a lot of progression and will continue to grow. I hope to be a part of that growth, with my personal shopping business Style By Gage, using my skill set to help everyday people. When you look better, you feel better. And when you feel better, you do better and I just love that chain of events!”
Jacqueline grew up in her mother’s hair salon in East Sacramento, Vicky G’s, and was constantly surrounded by women beautifying themselves. “I think these things leave everlasting impressions on you, and I have gone throughout my life always wanting to enhance things and make them aesthetically pleasing. Plus, I love people and interacting so I think the two things merge and that’s where fashion styling came into play.”
Jacqueline said she knew she had a knack for fashion at a young age when she would instruct her mother and grandmother on what to wear and they would actually listen. “I have always been very opinionated, especially when it comes to fashion.”
During this time, Jacqueline practiced styling skills in multiple ways. Dressing everyday women at Neimans who had a love for high end goods and who had the same concerns of many women to look slim and flattering with the desire to enhance their overall image, Jacqueline got very good at addressing women’s concerns and developing tips and tricks to make them look and feel their best.
Over time, she acquired more of her own styling jobs and became a freelance stylist working in various capacities, ranging from editorial, advertising, commercials, music videos, fashion shows, and television.
Jacqueline spoke about the nerve-racking experience styling Taylor Swift for the superstar’s first Grammy’s. “She wore a purple beaded dress which I wasn’t thrilled about but it was her pick. When I was driving to the Grammy’s her manager calls and asks if I could give her a manicure and pedicure as well. This was really weird since fashion stylist just do wardrobe, but I figured they were new to the whole entertainment game and maybe just thought I was a one-stop shop. The one thing I knew at that point was to just say yes and fake it till you make it because I wanted them to be happy and do a good job. So immediately when I got there before any wardrobe could be done, they sat me down in the chair and had me start on Taylor’s mani/pedi. I was literally dying and so nervous. I can barely paint my own nails let alone a famous singer’s. I figured I grew up in a hair salon and had seen this done a time or two, mind over matter. Then she shows me the polish choice for her toes. I about died. It was PURPLE. She couldn’t have picked a harder color. I just remember my leg shaking as she put her leg on mine. Somehow I got through it and then her nail polish for the mani was clear, so I was literally in the clear. At the end of it, she told me I did a better job than her usual girl. I just had a good, inside chuckle.”
As a stylist the budget for providing the wardrobe on jobs can be slim if not non-existent, but Jacqueline has been able to use the industry standard practice “buy and return” even in the most trying situations. Speaking about one instance in which this practice was used for dressing celebrity comic Tracy Morgan for a Rolling Stone magazine photo shoot. “Well, as usual, a bunch of clothes were loaned, but we found out he liked fancy sneakers. So since I couldn’t get those loaned and it was the day of the shoot, I had to go the Barneys and put a $1,000 pair of YSL silver sneakers on my card, which frightened me. When you deal with celebrities, they want what they want so you sometimes just bring a bunch of clothes. But, they ultimately decide what they will wear. All the shoes were laid out, and just as my luck would have it Tracy picks the only ones that were not loaned – the silver YSL sneakers. I about died because I knew there would be a chance that I wasn’t going to be able to return them if he scuffed the bottoms and I certainly couldn’t afford to pay $1,000 for them. So I taped the bottoms, which is another styling trick and I said a prayer. In the end, it all worked out. Tracy loved his outfit; the photographer was happy; and I was able to return the shoes as good as new without a scuff on them.”
While she learned the tricks of the trade in one of the most competitive arenas, the entertainment industry and had many wonderful experiences working as a fashion stylist, what Jacqueline realized what she loved most was the ability to make men and women feel better through enhancing their image. She wanted to bring her business to a market that was less saturated and she thought there was no better place than her hometown of Sacramento. “It is a place that is dear to me and it is a place that has seen a lot of progression and will continue to grow,” she said. “I hope to be a part of that growth with my personal shopping business Style By Gage, using my skill set to help everyday people. When you look better you feel better and when you feel better you do better and I just love that chain of events.”

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