Becoming a Fashion Stylist
Annie Lam, Fashion Editor for Highrise Magazine and Contributing Editor for Jasmine Magazine, is one of the top Fashion Stylists in the country.
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In this four-part series, the Plutino-represented artist discusses what aspiring Fashion Stylists need to know about the profession, and how to get started.
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Fashion Stylist is a term that has been popping up a lot lately. It seems to be one of the hottest jobs to have at the moment. You see Fashion Stylists on TV shows, magazines and on the arms of the biggest celebrities.
It's not a title or career choice most people knew about until recently. So what exactly is a Fashion Stylist, what do they do and how can you become one?
To put it in the most basic terms, Fashion Stylists are trendsetters, image consultants and professional shoppers. Yes, that's correct. We get paid to shop. We work on movies, music videos, magazines, advertisements and with celebrities. We create the look and image of it all. Sounds like the ultimate dream job? Well there's a lot more to it than just shopping. It's not all glitz and glamour - there's lots of demanding work behind the scenes. Being a Fashion Stylist is a JOB after all.
Here's a basic breakdown of what we do. Jobs begin with business meetings to discuss what the clients are looking for. You have to comprehend exactly what the client is asking for and also what they do not want. Then you go source your required items. Afterwards, you have fittings and client viewings. Depending on client feedback, that is followed by re-sourcing if you still need more. Next, you work on set and make sure all goes well. After the job, you do your returns and calculate all your expenses for your clients.
Of course, that's the most basic version - often a job does not go as smoothly. There can be nightmare clients or demanding divas that don't know exactly what they want, and expect you to read their minds and cater to their last minute whims. Try locating rare items like a lobster suit wearing a tuxedo? Can you imaging trying to find a USA-flag speedo in size XXXL in the dead of winter?! Did I mention you have to do all that within a one day deadline? No lies here, this DOES happen. Not all glitz and glamour I assure you. There's a lot more to being a Fashion Stylist!