Rachel Zoe

What's a hero dress? Rachel Zoe tells all.

on Sep 17, 2008

Debra Messing eventually got the dress you initially wanted though.

It was one of those things that we talk about on the show often. I really do get crazy for certain dresses. We had another one recently with Annie Hathaway at the Venice Film Festival, the Versace Couture short dress that she just wore to her premiere. I saw that dress a month prior during Couture Paris in July and I said, "I'm obsessed with that dress for Annie for then Venice Film Festival." So when those things happen where I fixate on a dress and it actually comes to life on one of my clients, it's always the greatest feeling. It's like you fell in love, you dated, and then you got married.

That's the hero dress?

It was. A hero dress is a term that started on film sets and music videos, which was my original training. Basically, the hero dress is the actual dress that they're wearing if we're shooting an ad campaign or a music video or a commercial. You know, you can fit 25 dresses but it's only going to be that one dress that they wear, so that's the dress you have to preserve and cherish and take care of it. It can't get scratched, it can't get ripped, it can't get wrinkled. None of those. It's the one being worn on the carpet, for the shoot, for the client.

You also dressed your best friend Michelle for her wedding. How was that different from dressing a client?

It's completely different. When you're dressing your friends, there are politics involved. What I do for a living is something I started doing because I was dressing my friends, but at the time I didn't know it was called a stylist. It's something that I enjoy doing just as much even though it's a time issue. My friends, just like everybody else, have insecurities and questions and all of that. It's really fun, but the interesting thing about doing Michelle's dress was that the wedding was in Kansas, so there she was in this beautiful Marchesa gown in a field under a windmill. It was kind of amazing - within an hour after the ceremony she was barefoot.

We also get to see you purchase some new Fendi Casa furniture for your Elle Decor shoot. You and Rodger butt heads on the spending issue, which is something we also see in later episodes.

That's always going to be a point of contention. It's the only thing we actually disagree on. I feel like if you work hard and you donate a lot and you do a lot of charity, you also have time to do the things that you've dreamed about. The biggest problem is I kind of get sick of things very easily. I think furniture is obviously an expensive thing to get sick of, but every once in a while you replace a few things to keep it updated. I feel the Fendi stuff is so well made that one can keep it for a long time. It's also so pretty and luxurious. Rodger was not happy, but I think he was too exhausted to really argue with me.