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LAist Interview: Houston Sams

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Houston Sams is a fashion stylist who prefers to work in print doing editorial and advertising, but once in a while relents for a cool project, like Weezer's videos for "Beverly Hills" and "Perfect Situation." She says "I love fashion for the art of it, for the art of expressing one’s ideas through clothing, and the fact that it’s form and function together."

Age and Occupation:
37, fashion stylist

Home Town:
San Antonio, TX

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How long have you lived in Los Angeles and where?
Since 1989, that’s 17 years. I live in Silverlake. I've also lived in Hollywood.

What was your first stylist job?
My first styling job was Bill Pullman for the NY Times; Nathaniel Welch was the photographer. Pullman only wanted to wear Levis and white t-shirts. As I was packing up my stuff and loading my car, somebody ran into the parking lot and asked if I was a stylist. That's how I got my second job, which was with Charlize Theron modeling for Dakota Smith Eyewear.

What is the best thing about being a stylist?
Always working on new projects. My last job was in San Francisco.

What was your worst job costuming/styling?
Washing the strippers’ costumes on From Dusk Till Dawn. They were made out of lamé, so we couldn’t dry clean them — they had to be handwashed.

The film shot here in LA, Barstow and Palmdale. Tarantino was like a pesky older brother, who would tackle and tease me. But he was also lots of fun. I loved working with George Clooney — he was more like the protective older brother.

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What photographers do you enjoy working with as a stylist?
Sean Murphy, Reggie Casagrande, Daniel Hennessey and Kiino.

You've been working with Weezer a lot lately. What's that like?
They’re all wonderful to work with. They’re fun, and they have great taste, and they’re really different from each other. There’s a part of me and my life that’s similar to each one of them. There was a time of my life when I was little bit more rock and roll, like Scott, a time when I was more mod like Brian; the indie rock part of me is like Pat, and I've always been a bit of a geeky schoolgirl and that’s Rivers. So I can relate to each one of them. For their look I mix high-end designer with casual sportswear and vintage.