Career as a fashion stylist

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Jane Hall is deputy fashion and beauty editor for magazine's fashion supplement. She is based in London and co-ordinates the models, clothing and photographers to provide pictures for fashion features.

What is your role?

Each weekly magazine has eight pages of fashion and beauty. I organise and co-ordinate everything to make sure the features will be exciting for readers. This can include writing the copy, arranging photographic shoots and choosing clothes and accessories for celebrities to model.

What does your career as a fashion stylist involve?

At any given time, I am working on the magazine pages for editions three weeks ahead. The beauty page usually has one feature on a subject of interest, related to hair or make-up, as well as beauty news about the latest products.

How do you keep in touch with the latest fashions?

Regular contact with press officers, both for designers and High Street retailers, is essential. I also attend fashion shows and events. Magazines and television programmes also help to keep me updated.

Do you use any special equipment?

Specialist computer software is used all the time, to help with the layout and photography.

What hours do you work?

My day usually starts at 10am and finishes at about 7pm, although occasionally I work longer if necessary.

Who do you work with?

Our team comprises the editor, a fashion and beauty editor, an assistant and a work experience trainee.

How did you train for your career as a fashion stylist?

I have not had formal journalism training, although whilst studying for my degree I wrote articles on fashion for the university newspaper. Most of my training has been on the job.

What do you enjoy about your career as a fashion stylist?

I love the variety and the fact that each day is so different. The job is also very creative and I have every opportunity to contribute my own ideas to the magazines.

What is the working environment like?

The open-plan office is often hectic and noisy, with phones ringing constantly!

What skills and qualities are needed for a career as a fashion stylist?

You need to be a good organiser with strong communication skills, as the job involves lots of contact with people over the phone and in person. Excellent and concise writing skills are also imperative.

What made you choose your career as a fashion stylist?

I have always loved fashion and reading about it in magazines and books. This job combines all of my interests.

Jane's route to her career as a fashion stylist

  • A levels in business studies, art and design, fashion and textiles.
  • Degree in Textiles and Fashion Design Management.
  • Work experience – Daily newspaper.
  • Fashion and beauty assistant – Daily newspaper.
  • Deputy fashion and beauty editor.

Jane's fashion stylist tips

  • Try to find work experience on a magazine by sending in your CV.
  • Keep in touch with the fashion world by attending galleries and exhibitions, and reading magazines and books.

Fashion stylist related jobs

  • Advertising creative copywriter/director
  • Copy editor
  • Journalist
  • Photographer
  • Photographic stylist
  • Public relations officer

Salary of a fashion stylist

  • The starting salary for a graduate is normally between £14,000 and £18,000, although first jobs which provide vital work experience may pay considerably less.
  • With several years of experience this could rise to around £25,000. Fashion editors may earn in excess of £45,000.

Career as a fashion stylist

  • A degree is usual for this highly competitive area of work. Applicants have usually studied a fashion/design discipline or a specialist fashion journalism course. Some courses offer a combination of the two.
  • Undergraduate degree courses include fashion marketing and promotion, fashion journalism and fashion styling.
  • Relevant postgraduate courses are also available.

Modified: 16 June 2013

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