Maverick costume designer and stylist Rebecca Weinberg along with her Shih Tzu sidekick, “Not Just Another Pretty Face Belle Starr Weinberg” (named after the infamous 1880’s female outlaw), make for quite the dynamic fashion team. Weinberg is a renegade visionary, and was instrumental in creating the provocative fashion trend for women worldwide through her stylish wardrobe designs for the syndicated HBO hit series, Sex in the City, for which she won an Emmy Award. She explains why Belle Starr is her furry muse on set, “When I take Belle Starr to the set she brings a calming, humane and soothing influence. We are creating fictitious themes, and Belle Starr disarms any chaotic situation that might arise, the kid comes out in people when she’s there. Chaos doesn’t work for me, my creativity comes out of calm and serenity, and then I can paint my picture.”
“I always had animals, cats, dogs, and ferrets. My favorite was a mutt named Lady, loved that dog,” Weinberg said after reflecting on growing up in Houston, Texas. And Houston is also where she found Belle Starr six years ago. Weinberg reveals some of Belle Starr’s most endearing traits, “…very mellow, loyal and quirky. She’s particular, posh, and loves the admiration she receives after a good grooming!”
Weinberg works on a variety of aesthetics including major ad campaigns for Olympus, Neutrogena and Jessica Simpson’s D’lish Fragrance. She has styled a myriad of top celebrities for various editorials such as Sting, Trudy Styler, Candice Bergen, and Paris & Nicky Hilton.
When thinking about all she gains from sharing her daily life with Belle Starr, Weinberg waxed philosophical, “We as human beings want love and respect. By example, animals teach us love and respect. I see how my baby daughter learns gentleness from touching Belle Starr. We could all use more kindness and gentleness in the world right now.” Simply, well styled and said.