How to Become a Stylist

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.