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Fashion Stylist

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Fashion stylists work for individuals, fashion houses and clothing brands.

The Work header image

Fashion stylists work for individuals, fashion houses and clothing brands. Their main responsibilities include providing fashion advice; choosing and co-ordinating outfits for models in photo shoots or actors in television and film; and choosing props and accessories to prepare them for shoots.

Fashion Stylists are often part of a larger creative team assembled by the client, collaborating with the fashion designer, photographer/director, hair stylist and makeup artist to put together a particular look or theme for the specific project.  

As a Fashion Stylist your work will involve keeping on top of the latest fashion trends and styles. Work can vary from styling and co-ordinating photo shoots to working one on one with a client styling them with clothes, shoes and accessories.

Work will involve liaising with fashion designers and retailers and providing advice on photographic approaches and locations. 

Fashion Stylists may also be tasked with dressing mannequins for retail store displays or assist store customers with choosing clothing and accessories to complement their body type and lifestyle.

Employment opportunities are vast for Stylists and they can work in the following areas: 

Editorial Styling: involves conceptualising and organising the photo shoots for the pages in fashion magazines and other media publications. This may also involve selecting items to appear in fashion product pages for magazines and writing articles on personal style, fashion trends etc. 

Video/Commercial Styling: involves styling models or actors/actresses for advertising commercials, film clips, industrial and educational videos. This could involve anything from selecting the wardrobe items to coordinating the shoot - selecting the location, models, makeup artists and even the photographer.

Television: involves styling actors, talent, live broadcasts, news and current affairs, breakfast television, soaps as well as styling show hosts and visiting talent.

Wardrobe Styling: involves working on film, television, concert or theatre productions, (sometimes under the direction of the Costume Designer), developing the look and/or selecting the wardrobe items for the actors/actresses, musicians/performers, dancers or television personalities (i.e. newsreaders).

Show styling: involves organising events and fashion parades. This could involve public speaking/comparing, working backstage at fashion parades, selecting models, organizing the running order, selecting garments and/or accessories, selecting the venue, developing the event concept, dealing with the media, photographers, and PR companies.

Corporate Styling: involves advising companies on their corporate uniforms, providing talks/seminars to staff on personal appearance, in-house magazine publications and more, styling company executives and/or styling annual reports.

Personal shopping: involves selecting clothes for a client.

Runway styling: involves styling for fashion parades Catalogue styling: involves working with designers or businesses on developing promotional materials such as product catalogues.

Retail fashion styling: involves styling retail customers in-store. Prop and set styling: involves finding and buying the props that surround the products featured in print advertisements.

Photo Styling - involves styling any photo shoot and includes editorial styling, commercial styling and catalogue styling.

Merchandise Styling: involves creating displays of products in retail stores or for photo shoots. 

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It is essential for Fashion Stylists to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills as work involves dealing with a range of different clientele. 

Creativity is key in this line of work as is the ability to think outside the box and fix unexpected problems efficiently which may arise on photo shoots etc. 

Listening is important in order to be able to understand the client's brief and their needs.

You will need to be a passionate and motivated worker in order to keep on top of the constantly changing trends in fashion.

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