How June Ambrose Changed the Relationship Between Hip Hop and Fashion Forever

June Ambrose in her Puma designs Photo: Courtesy of Puma In our long-running series “How I’m

June Ambrose in her Puma designs

In our long-running series “How I’m Making It,” we talk to people making a living in the fashion and beauty industries about how they broke in and found success.

If you grew up with an MTV that actually was “music television,” June Ambrose’s work is likely permanently embedded into your brain. The creative multi-hyphenate, for whom ‘stylist’ hardly begins to convey her role, is behind many of the most memorable looks in music-video history, from the shiny red suits Mase and Puff Daddy wore in “Mo Money, Mo Problems,” to Missy Elliott’s vinyl balloon suit in “I Can’t Stand the Rain.” While polarizing and risky at the time, these looks — often done in collaboration with legendary director Hype Williams — would go on to define the artists who wore them, and the relationship between hip hop and fashion.