A fashion stylist’s job is to make actors and celebrities look like stars. At a more granular level, it involves working with public figures on their look for a particular occasion or event – like photo shoots (for music videos, advertisements, movies, serials, magazine covers), media interviews, award ceremonies, press conferences, or parties.
It’s a great career option if you are fascinated by the glamour industry and want to rub shoulders with the rich & famous. The popularity of your clients works directly for you as your work, creativity and talent are seen by a huge audience.
As a wardrobe stylist (another name for the same profession), the network and contacts you build over time with influential folks can pave the way for bigger and more interesting opportunities.
Fashion stylist Shreeja Rajgopal shares more about the field of fashion styling.
What are the pre-requisites to become a fashion stylist?
Shreeja: I personally feel there’s nothing like learning on the job. Assisting a stylist for a year or so would be ideal to learn everything you need to about styling. Education always helps, although in the case of styling it’s best learnt while on the field.
If needed, one could undergo diplomas/short courses in fashion styling that gives you a base of how things work.
Styling as a career path is really growing and there are plenty of universities offering courses – internationally and in India as well.
While I enrolled for my short courses on styling in London, I assisted stylists on brand shoots, interned with a few magazines and production houses which really widened my horizons.
Also I highly recommend one to do constant research on websites or blogs to be updated with everything that’s going on, it really helps!
How can someone decide whether a career in the fashion industry is right for them?
Shreeja: It’s simple, you need to be passionate about everything that comes with fashion – keeping up with new trends, new designers in the market, working late hours, having insane last minute changes, lot of running around etc.
At the end of everything you need to really enjoy what you do, that’s the only thing that matters!