Fashion stylists coordinate outfits from an array of clothing and accessories. They may dress mannequins for retail store displays or photo shoots and assist store customers with choosing clothing and accessories to complement their body type and lifestyle.
The work environment is often fast-paced with travel possibly required or even relocation to major cities for work opportunities. Stylists must keep up with frequently changing fashion trends and may need to put in extra hours to meet deadlines. Payscale reported the median annual salary for fashion stylists was $50,346 as of January 2016.
Career Requirements :
To be a fashion stylist, it’s recommended that you have at least an associate’s degree in fashion merchandising. You’ll also need 4-5 years of personal or on-set fashion styling experience and visual accuracy, creativity, attention to detail, spoken and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, time management, analytical mind, problem-solving ability, and knowledge of Microsoft Office software. Professional certification is also available from the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).
Let’s find out what steps you need to take to become a fashion stylist…
Step 1: Earn an Associate’s Degree
Many employers prefer a minimum of an associate’s degree for fashion stylist positions. Several colleges offer two-year degree programs in fashion merchandising, which can provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the industry. Classes include the science of textiles, history of fashion, visual merchandising and retail buying. Programs may involve experiential learning, such as speaking with local fashion businesses and attending fashion meetings. You may be required to complete internships and/or assemble portfolios before graduation.
Create a portfolio of work. Many employers require applicants to submit portfolios that display a variety of previous fashion styling work. If degree programs do not require you to create a portfolio, making one is still a good idea. Fashion projects completed as part of course requirements can contribute to this professional collection of work. Uploading the portfolio online may provide opportunities to connect with possible employers quicker.
Step 2: Gain Experience and Network
Fashion stylist positions often require at least four to five years of experience, though some require upwards of eight to ten years of work in the fashion industry. Entry-level fashion retail jobs can help you gain perspective on how various elements come together to create unique, ready-to-wear looks. Stylist jobs often require skills in multiple departments, so experience in areas like children’s, men’s, and intimates are good preparation. Entry-level jobs can also help you network and make contacts in the fashion industry.
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