The fashion stylist who racked up a $150,000 shopping tab that sparked a nationwide furor during the Republican National Convention in September 2008 is finally speaking out. In an interview with the New York Times, Lisa A. Kline, a New York-based stylist, reveals how she was hastily hired to dress the one-time vice presidential candidate. (She is not to be confused with Los Angeles boutique owner Lisa Kline.)

“On the afternoon of Aug. 29, 2008, Ms. Kline fielded a surprise phone call: Was she available to dress Sarah Palin for the Republican National Convention, which was to begin three days later on Labor Day?” reports the New York Times. “It took a moment to register,” Kline tells the New York Times. “Then of course I said yes.”

Under normal circumstances, reveals the New York Times, Kline “could have bought Ms. Palin’s wardrobe for far below retail through her relationships with designers.” Due to the last minute nature of the job, Kline says “there wasn’t a person around,” and “The only avenue was retail, straight retail.”

Kline hit Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys in New York City to buy outfits for Palin and flew to Minneapolis (the site of the convention) with an assistant and seamstress in tow. There, she was informed that the entire Palin family needed clothes. “This was a family that was about to stand before the world, and they just came with their everyday-life clothes,” Kline tells the New York Times.

Luckily, Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis opened their store to Kline and her assistant at 7 a.m. — just 24 hours before the Palin would make their national debut — for a rushed 90-minute $130,000 shopping spree to find clothes for Palin’s husband, five children and Levi Johnston, the then-boyfriend of Palin’s eldest daugher, Bristol. “There was no conversation. There was no chitchat. It was just, ‘We need two pairs of pants in size yadada,’ ” Kline tells the New York Times.

At the hotel, clothing was fitted to each of the family members. Employing her fashion editing skills, Kline modified the $2,500 Valentino jacket from Saks Fifth Avenue that she had selected for Palin. Kline “removed its gold buttons and a big swoop of fabric in front, and shortened the sleeves to three-quarter length.”

For the job, Kline, a self-employed stylist, charged $54,900, which she based on the “crazy” and last minute nature of the job, which required an assistant, expenses and Kline “sleeping no more than a few hours at a time,” reports the New York Times. “It’s very hard to put a figure on a 24-hour day,” Kline says.