Contemporary Fashion Stylists


By Luanne McLean

Vivays Publishing, 160 pages

How does one become a stylist?

To become a designer you have to study fashion design, obviously. But what do you study to become a professional stylist? What skills do you need? And most importantly, what would your first steps up the career ladder be?

You will find answers to these and many other questions about fashion styling in the book Contemporary Fashion Stylists by Luanne McLean, who is a stylist herself. Starting from basics like history and the necessary tools every stylist needs it goes into depth on how to find a job and what happens during a styling session.

The book also showcases works of more than twenty renowned fashion stylists from around the world. The likes of Alexia Somerville, Nikki Pennie and Joel Dash share with you their experience, tips and tricks of the trade.

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There is so much more to styling than dressing celebrities and models, and you will find out about many cool places you can work at as a stylist, from department stores to movie production and TV studios. “Celebrity” is a wider term as well and I can guess that, although it is not something to do directly with fashion, working with politicians or businessmen as an image consultant should be fascinating.

Of course, you can be your own stylist, too and there is a (rather small) section about personal style. But before you even get to it, browsing through gorgeous and inspiring pictures abundant in this book will tell you more than a thousand words.

Fashion is a booming yet highly competitive industry. Almost everybody wants to be a designer, photographer or stylist, but if you believe in yourself and your vision, go for it! Invest in books like this one, get a mentor and remember: genius is 1 percent talent and 99 percent hard work.

About the author:

Luanne McLean is a journalist and professional stylist. She has interviewed many top celebrities including Keira Knightley, Tilda Swinton, Sarah Jessica Parker and published numerous articles in publications such as the ‘Sunday Express’, ‘Yours’ magazine, ‘OK!’ magazine and ‘Scarlet’.

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