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Chief of Hollywood style police

STYLE BEAT: George Blodwell in King Street
STYLE BEAT: George Blodwell in King Street

FROM high street suit salesman to stylist to the stars - George Blodwell counts Halle Berry and Catherine Zeta Jones among his clients.

As a school-leaver, Stalybridge-born George joined the Burton's menswear chain as a suit salesman.

Now he is one of the hottest celebrity stylists in Hollywood and his list of clients reads like an A-list of the world's best-known mega stars.

George has dressed Halle Berry for the Golden Globes and clothed Catherine Zeta Jones in Versace for the London premier of Zorro - the film that shot her to Hollywood super-stardom.

Drew Barrymore, Sharon Stone, Diana Ross, Kelly Brook, Rachel Hunter, Mila Jovevic, Heather Locklear, Christie Turlington and Pamela Anderson have all called on his expert aid to help them look their stunning best for photo shoots and award ceremonies.

And Hollywood leading men Pierce Brosnan and Billy Bob Thornton as well as the late George Harrison and the notoriously style-conscious Elton John have all chosen him to pick their threads.

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George Blodwell drew attention when he managed to have the million-dollar shoes that Stuart Weitzman created for last year's Oscars worn by one of his clients Laura Haring, who starred in Mullholland Drive.

Electrician's son George, 52, returned to Greater Manchester to visit his brothers and sisters in Ashton.

He was a pupil at West Hill boys' school in Ashton before getting a job at Burton's.

He went to Los Angeles to try his luck in the 1970s and got a job working in an exclusive designer store where he met celebrities like Elton John, Rod Stewart and Leonard Cohen.

After a stint working at stores in Rodeo Drive and as editor at large for Harper's Bazaar in Italy, he set up on his own as a celebrity stylist in 1990 when his first client was Michael J Fox.

George said: "My favourite client is probably Annie Lennox. I met Catherine Zeta Jones when she was starting in Hollywood - she is still very nice now."

He said he would be interested to hear from Manchester designers interested in having their clothing exposed to Hollywood.

04/08/2003


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