Jonas Brothers‘ stylist Michelle Tomaszewski interview with Film. How long have you worked with the JB? I’ve been working with the Jonas Brothers for the last two and half years. I started working with them at the end of 2006.
Are you surprised at the amount of attention that’s been placed on their style? Yes, it’s very surprising to me because when you work so hard at something that you really love and then you get recognition, it’s surprising and it’s also an honor that people like what I do. It feels like my job is fulfilled. It’s more of an honor than anything.
On their ‘modern’ look: When I first started working with the boys and we were discussing what we wanted to do with their look, they told me that they wanted to be fashion icons. That was a goal they had, besides being great singers and performers. So, for me, that was like a dream come true.
I think it’s special because a lot of people their age, like young kids their age, are a little bit more afraid to dress up. I think it’s why people gravitate towards them now because they do look very modern and chic but very tangible, like you could actually wear that too. I think that there are some people, some performers that look very, very nice....but sometimes it’s not too tangible for other people to kind of
go, ‘Oh, I could look like that.’ So I feel that’s what helps make them
stand out. Because they do look high fashion, but in a very kind of
real way, like the clothes don’t wear them, they wear the clothes.
On their individual style: Even though they’re brothers, they really like to stand out as
being individuals. I think it’s important for them to stand out, but
they are brothers and they are a band so it still has to look like
there’s a common thread. Kevin, he’s the older brother, he likes to
definitely wear the more fashionable clothes. He likes to kind of be a
little bit more grown up in the way he dresses.
Joe, he’s the one who
likes to take a little bit more risk in what he wears. He’ll wear a
bright color and he wears it really well. Purple is not really a
masculine color, but Joe makes it masculine. It’s strange how you put a
color on Joe that you wouldn’t think would look good on a guy and he
wears it well.
And then, there’s Nick. He’s the old soul, but he’s the
youngest. He definitely
has a more gentlemanly feel about him. Even
though he looks fashionable, he’s more serene about the way he looks.
Each stands out with their personality, and I think that’s what makes
them look good.
Are there designers that you use over again? Well, each brother has his favorite designer. We also like to mix
it up as much as we can. We’ll pull a handful of designers, but we also
like to make it [about] their personality. Some of the designers that
we use are Ralph Lauren, Nick is a favorite of Ralph Lauren.
Homme is a designer that Kevin really, really loves. Joe really loves
D&G and Jon Varvatos, and lately we’ve been getting more calls to
work with other designers, which is very, very honoring. Burberry is
one that’s been working with us. Burberry dressed Nick for the Golden
Globes and brought us the trend of black-on-black tuxedos. That was
something Nick and I decided would be a good look and it went over
Do you also style them for concerts? Yeah, basically I work everyday with the Jonas Brothers on
everything that they do, which is a huge honor, to be a part of it all.
I work on their TV show, all the magazines and publications that are
out there. I also work on their tour clothes. That’s a little bit
different from their everyday clothes and the red carpet events.
Because on a tour the fabric has to be durable. So everything,
basically, is custom-made. We come up with ideas if there’s a color
scheme to match the stage, or for one concert, Nick wanted his sleeves
to rip off. It’s just a matter of whatever inspirations they have and
how they want to feel on stage — you just build it upon that. We get
things custom-made all the time for when they’re on stage. There has to
be like five of everything they wear because of the turnaround time of
going to the next show.
Any hints on what they’ll wear to the Grammys? We’re in the process of working with a few designers. We haven’t
even done our fitting yet. It’s a big day for them, probably the
biggest of their career, so we really wanna make sure that everything
is spot on. They’re going to be performing as well,
So we have two
looks for the Grammys. Right now it’s just a matter of pulling things
in from the designers and waiting for things to come in. The men’s
shows just finished so they’re kind of seeing what’s out there that
they can give us. But, definitely on the red carpet, it’s going to be