Stylists need to have an artistic eye, be organized and be able to work under pressure. Stylists work with models, actors and other celebrities as well as with make-up artists, photographers and movie directors. As a stylist, you may create styles for TV commercials, print advertisements, magazines, movies, music videos or red carpet events.
As a stylist, your responsibilities will include:
- Creating unique looks and design solutions
- Conceptualizing and developing fashion visuals for use in photo shoots or movie sets
- Assessing a model's wardrobe style
- Purchasing, renting or borrowing (and later returning rented/borrowed) clothing, accessories and props
- Selecting fashion outfits and accessories that will compliment each other and look good on the model
- Building up a network of clients
- Keeping an eye on the latest fashions and trends
So do you want to become a stylist? Here's what to do:
- EducationAlthough you don't need a college degree to be a stylist, a degree in fashion design, fashion merchandising, visual merchandising, art merchandising, fashion styling, art history, photography, communications or marketing will be helpful [Sources: Seventeen, Fashion Schools]. Participating in training programs is also essential.
- ExperienceNo one becomes a stylist straight out of school. Be prepared to take a job as an intern, apprentice or a fashion assistant and work your way up.
- Build a portfolio As you do more work in the field, build your portfolio and get yourself clients as a stylist. You can also consider working through an agency.
Remember, it will take time to build up a reputation and really start making money as a stylist.