In Summary - Fashion Stylist
The Work - Fashion Stylist
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.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs.
- Cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, based on customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors.
- Analyze patrons' hair and other physical features to determine and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles.
- Schedule client appointments.
- Bleach, dye, or tint hair, using applicator or brush.
- Update and maintain customer information records, such as beauty services provided.
- Shampoo, rinse, condition and dry hair and scalp or hairpieces with water, liquid soap, or other solutions.
- Operate cash registers to receive payments from patrons.
- Demonstrate and sell hair care products and cosmetics.
- Develop new styles and techniques.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Provide Consultation and Advice to Others Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Interests - Fashion Stylist
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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.
Entry Requirements - Fashion Stylist
Pay & Salary - Fashion Stylist
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 20k - 40k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.