Freestyle Sneakers - Stylists from the 1980's
Before the mid 1990s, celebrities usually chose their outfits themselves without the help of a professional stylist. Therefore, Cybill Shepard's decision to wear Freestyle sneakers was based on her own idea. She was not influenced by a stylist. The first modern-day stylist was Philip Bloch, and he did not begin his work until the 1990s.
The use of sneakers: Shepard and whoopi Goldberg
In Cybill Shepard's autobiography, she tells the story of how she made the decision to wear the sneakers. In summary, she initially did plan on changing into heels, but by the end of the limo ride, she had decided against it. She was already wearing the sneakers, and she realized that she would rather keep them on than spend the evening in heels that would cause her pain. As quoted in her autobiography, Shepard describes this decision as "my personal rebellion against the tyranny of high heels." Shepard had a stylist for hair and makeup, but not for her outfits. This was the case for many actors and actresses at this time. From the mid 1970s until the start of the 21st Century, celebrities were able to express themselves freely for shows like the Emmys. It was still unconventional for women not to wear heels, but Shepard was free to do so because of the lack of influence that stylists had at the time. Many women applauded Shepard for her decision not to wear heels. It is common for a woman to experience pain while in heels for a long period of time, but for Shepard the pain was even harder to tolerate. This is because she has broader feet than most- size 7.5 EE to be exact.
When Shepard shocked the Emmy audience by wearing Freestyle sneakers, it wasn't the only time she chose them over high heels. There are instances of Shepard wearing sneakers instead of heels while playing Maddie Hayes in the show Moonlighting. Fans have noticed this over the years, and the earliest episode this occurs in is "Knowing Her" from Season 2. In one scene from the episode, she was in the cemetery with sneakers on when she should have been wearing heels.
Judy Crown was a hair stylist for Shepard, and she recalled working with her in a recent interview. Crown explains that Shepard was not picky about how she looked and went along with whatever hairstyle Crown chose. Crown is now the part-owner of FastFrame in Sherman Oaks, CA. She has been doing this since 2005, according to her LinkedIn profile. There is no information given on how to reach her directly, but FastFrame's contact information is found on their official website. Their phone number is 818-784-3222, and their email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Crown most likely had no say in Shepard's use of sneakers, but she may know more about the decision-making process that Shepard used to persuade herself to wear them.
Another instance of a famous actress wearing sneakers was Whoopi Goldberg on the cover of a 1986 Rolling Stone magazine. Like Shepard, it is possible she made the decision to wear these sneakers herself, since no stylist for this photo was discovered. The photographer was Bonnie Schiffman, and her contact information can be found. According to Schiffman's website, her phone number is 323-899-5612 and her email is email@example.com. It is possible that she knows more about why Goldberg was wearing sneakers in the photo.
Philip Bloch was the first modern-day stylist for celebrities. When Bloch came to New York in 1993, he noticed that only Armani and Versace were working with celebrities to choose outfits for big events. Bloch did not style women in Freestyle sneakers, but he was a very influential stylist. He was dressing at least 10 celebrities for the Oscars by the late 90s, just a few years after he moved to New York. Bloch has since had his own TV shows and books published due to the fame he received as a stylist. He helped change the trend of celebrities dressing themselves and has influenced modern stylists such as Jessica Paster, Andrea Lieberman, and Rachel Zoe.
In conclusion, no stylist was involved in Cybill Shepard's decision to wear Freestyle sneakers at the 1985 Emmys. Whoopi Goldberg was another actress who wore sneakers for a photo shoot around the same time, and no stylist can be credited for her footwear choice either. Philip Bloch was the first stylist to take more control in how celebrities dressed for big events in modern times.