The stylist on pulling some of hip-hop’s most iconic looks of the ’90s, and a new documentary on how her work changed the game.
At just 17 years old, Misa Hylton shook up ’90s R&B and hip-hop fashion with her laid-back and quirky approach to styling Jodeci. She took the quartet out of dress shoes and suits and into combat boots and hoodies, and forever changed the game. She’s been the woman behind the styles of R&B and hip-hop fashion icons like Sean Combs (whom she dated for a stint and convinced to sign the Notorious B.I.G.) Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent and of course Lil Kim, who donned that infamous sequined catsuit and pastie at the 1999 VMAs. In 2012, Hylton turned her sights to a more philanthropic endeavor, establishing her Styling Academy for aspiring stylists. Twenty-plus years in the biz, and Hylton’s impact is undeniable — she remains as relevant now as ever. Today Hylton takes a break from her busy schedule to call up Vivian to discuss her illustrious career, the mantra of her Academy and what viewers can expect from the documentary chronicling her journey, The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion, when it sees release this spring.