Billie Causieestko is a world traveled artist-turned-celebrity stylist known for textures and color combinations, who completed a B.A. in Fashion Design & Merchandising from Virginia Commonwealth University. Before moving to New York City in 1997, her love of theatrical costuming and affinity for high fashion inspired her to travel to many countries throughout Europe. While living in Germany, she found much inspiration in the beauty of the rich countryside. She also found herself inspired by the fashion in the metro cities of Cologne and Dusseldorf where she traveled extensively to produce and direct stage fashion shows for the “it” designer of the time, Christina Borhneman-Heim.
Once in New York, her love of theatre was revived when asked to conquer the combined tasks of costumer and seamstress for an off-Broadway production of “The Curate Shakespeare, As You Like It.” For the eight different players, she designed and constructed six different costume changes within a three week time period. This experience soon introduced her to the world of music video, where she has since collaborated and dressed such artists as Fantasia, Kelly Rowland, Thalia, Angie Stone, Wyclef Jean, Rah Digga, Mudvayne, Mary Mary and Kenny Lattimore. Billie has also worked with several top directors in the industry, including Maurice Marabel, Marcus Raboy, Benny Boom and Little X.
Billie’s artistic approach to high fashion has allowed her to work as a freelance stylist for several national and international publications, including Harper’s Bazaar En Espanol, Cosmopolitan En Espanol, Glamour, People, Italian Vogue, Essence (several top covers including the 35th Anniversary cover), and Trace Magazine (acting as a contributing stylist for the Black Girls Rule ’05 issue). Between October 2001 and August 2003, Billie was responsible for producing covers and editorials for the Editors-in-Chief of both Cosmo En Espanol and Harper’s Bazaar En Espanol. Within this responsibility, Billie collaborated with photographers of choice, cast all models and executed story ideas with complete autonomy.
In addition to editorial styling, she has worked with many national advertisers, including Reebok, Marshall Fields, General Foods, Frye Leather, JC Penney’s, Dayton Hudson, Wet Seal and K-mart.
As a celebrity stylist, Billie has dressed several top celebrities for editorial and red carpet events, including Patti Labelle, Eva Mendez, Iman, Rosario Dawson, Venus Williams, Marlo Thomas, Daisy Fuentes, Nia Long, Talisa Soto, Faith Ford, Eva Pigford (“America’s Next Top Model” and “The Young and the Restless”), Eddie Cahill, Jimmy Fallon and Chris Kattan. During her illustrious career she has worked with several top photographers, including the late Francesco Scavullo, Kwaku Alston, Marc Baptiste, Fadil Berisha, Mark Liddell, Cliff Watts and George Holz.
In May 2002, Billie began a relationship with Donald Trump’s Miss Universe organization as the exclusive stylist. She is responsible for the daily wardrobe and style direction of the titleholders Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA during their year long reign. For the past five years, Billie has shared her expertise with the girls for various national and international television appearances, presidential and ambassador dinners and galas, celebrity fundraisers and all red carpet events, including MTV’s annual Video Music Awards and the Latin Grammys. Due to Billie’s creative flair and sense of style, the titleholders have achieved national attention in the press as well as red carpet events.
- MTV’s “Pageant Place”, Reality TV Show and Webisodes, July 2007 thru December 2007. – Wardrobe Stylist
- Procter & Gamble product Bounce with Febreze dryer sheets (August – December 2006). -product endorsement and featured celebrity stylist (responsibilities included online style advice, radio voice-overs, media interviews, television appearances (CW 11 and UPN in New York) and radio spots.
- E! Entertainment Television’s “The Making of Miss USA 2006.” – official stylist
- Commercial for “Special K” cereal (directed by Maurice Marabel) – inspired by HBO acclaimed series, “Sex & the City (2006)” -wardrobe stylist
- ABC Family’s “The Venus and Serena Show” (2005). – featured stylist
- “Life & Style” TV show (2005) – stylist for makeover segment