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Rachel Zoe tops most-powerful celebrity stylists list

Rachel Zoe and Anne Hathaway
Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, right, dressed Anne Hathaway on Oscar night. AP

(CBS/AP) Some stars are famous for their resume of roles, while others are famous for looking great wherever they go. These stars who wow us with their vestments can thank their celebrity stylists.

The Hollywood Reporter has compiled its first-ever list of the 25 most-powerful celebrity stylists, and, no surprise, Rachel Zoe - who dressed Anne Hathaway on Oscar night - is at the top.

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Zoe's bohemian, beach-girl look, made famous by Cameron Diaz, has now grown into a reality TV show ("The Rachel Zoe Project"), books, and her own fashion line.

"It's important for a stylist to carve out an aesthetic, much like a designer does, but she also needs to give her clients what they want, and Zoe is a master at that," said Merle Ginsberg, Hollywood Reporter senior writer. "When Rachel was working with Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan years ago - and making them into mini-mes - she caught a lot of flack, and it ended quickly. She was young, they were young. Now she does Cameron Diaz as the bohemian, but Eva Mendes is not, and Anne Hathaway is no bohemian."

The next names on the magazine's list are Kate Young, a former Vogue editor behind Natalie Portman's stylish maternity wardrobe; Petra Flannery, who is guiding young stars Emma Stone and Hailee Steinfeld; Jen Rade, who boasts longtime client Angelina Jolie; and Anna Bingemann, whose clients include Claire Danes, Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts.

Ginsberg describes how the duty of the stylist changes depending on the celebrity. For someone like Cate Blanchett, who works with Elizabeth Stewart, she already has a strong fashion sense and is looking for someone to scout out outfits that suit her style. Other celebrities turn to their stylists to help them carve a fashion personality.

Sometimes - think Rachel Bilson or Diane Kruger, perhaps - the starlets are becoming more famous for their ripped-from-the-runway looks than their resume of roles.

"Something happened in the '90s, maybe it was the economy or maybe that fashion became a bigger deal in America, but that's when this whole thing started, and that's when all the Hollywood fashion started to be good," said Ginsberg.

She gives credit to Philip Bloch, Deborah Waknin (No. 7) and Jessica Paster (No. 14) as early trailblazers who made this link between the runway and Hollywood. These stylists introduced designer names such as Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace to the armchair audiences of America who were suddenly interested in celebrity style thanks to the weekly glossy magazines and cable channels that brought the red carpet home.

These relationships all require delicate handling, though, Ginsberg added, with the designers, stars and stylists all wanting some degree of credit for a winning outfit.

The stylist issue of The Hollywood Reporter is on newsstands Thursday.