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Tyra Banks' stylist dishes on her 'big and bold' outfits on 'DWTS' – Page Six

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By Hannah Southwick

October 12, 2021 | 3:00pm
When selecting styles for her “Dancing With the Stars” hosting duties, Tyra Banks, well, reaches for the stars.
But while her over-the-top outfits often make her the belle of the ballroom — and the talk of Twitter — online infamy is never part of the plan for Eric Archibald, the stylist behind her show-stopping Season 30 looks.
“I really don’t go into it thinking that we’re going to go viral,” Archibald told Page Six Style of his supermodel client’s styles.
“I come from the background of a New York City club kid going to underground balls and just seeing all this magic created, so I’m just always [looking for] what’s going to push the envelope.”
Magic was certainly in the air during the ABC show’s Disney Heroes Night on Monday, where Banks “wanted to pay homage to the ‘Lion King’” with her feather-adorned spandex ensemble – one of the many memorable looks Archibald has selected for her so far.
“Everything is built for her this season,” he said of the custom costumes, which he planned months in advance. “Tulles are dyed to match her skin tone. We do three or four fittings every week. Everything is [made custom] to her body.”
While Banks has a whole host of hosting looks — two per episode, to be exact — Archibald told us there’s a common thread that runs between them all: “big and bold.”
“She loves taking chances,” said the stylist, who met the catwalker while working on a TV show in the early aughts. The pair recently reconnected when Banks interviewed Megan Thee Stallion about her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover, which Archibald styled.
The former “America’s Next Top Model” host certainly hasn’t shied away from her signature risk-taking style this season, dazzling in a mirrorball trophy-inspired dress one moment and rocking a fiery red gown the next.
So when it came time for Britney Spears Night, of course she did it again, sporting a spin on Spears’ famous “…Baby One More Time” music video look as well as a glam take on the pop princess’ iconic 2001 VMAs performance costume.
“Tyra is very much involved in everything that she wears, everything that she does. We pulled tons of Britney Spears videos … She thought Britney’s first video would be a great homage,” said Archibald, who’s worked on several of Spears’ videos himself.
As for the snake look, he came up with a “Versace-esque corset dress” that felt like a “more feminine” take on Britney’s sequined bodysuit.
And of course, who could forget Banks’ winged Julian Michael Couture creation? The look sparked a series of memes — “trust me, we thought about those comparisons,” Archibald said — with viewers likening it to bowtie pasta, the spitting dinosaur from “Jurassic Park” and more.
“I knew I wanted [the silhouette] to be that way, and I knew Tyra wanted it to be that way,” he said of the daring dress.
But not all of Archibald’s looks for Banks end up onscreen exactly as the duo first envisioned them.
“Just [on Sunday] one of our dresses did not work; we thought it had too much shine on it,” the Diplomacy creative director told us. “So we had a dress made overnight in 24 hours. We had to have the tailors rebuild the whole [second “Lion King”-inspired dress]. It was a pantsuit, and now it’s a dress.”
Switching between styles on the show also requires fast footwork, and Archibald and his team have mastered “10”-worthy choreography for changing outfits in a matter of minutes.
“We choreograph everything, from what time she gets in the dress [to] what time she starts walking [to] when she has her 20 seconds to put the hair on,” Archibald said of the “nerve-wracking” three-minute transitions, which sometimes involve cutting off corsets.
“We’re pretty much running off the stage as they’re counting down.”
But no matter how tight the timeline, you can always bank on Banks to tackle fashion risks with a smile — and a smize.
“She just loves having fun,” Archibald said of his star client’s style philosophy. “She loves fashion. It’s where her career began.”
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