Fashion stylists work for individuals, fashion houses and clothing brands. Their main responsibilities include providing fashion advice; choosing and co-ordinating outfits for models in photo shoots or actors in television and film; and choosing props and accessories and preparing them for shoots.
Types of stylist
Stylists could work in any of the following areas:
- still life
- blogging/social media.
- Film/Television industry
- Keeping up to date with current and changing trends in fashion and design.
- Advising clients on fashion styling for visuals.
- Selecting the most appropriate pieces from collections and ranges for the shoot.
- Purchasing props for shoots.
- Supervising photo shoots.
- Travel: travel to various locations for meetings and photo shoots is integral to the job; international travel is usually a feature.
- Working hours: are typically long and irregular.
- Location: Many stylists are based in Dublin and Belfast, and are required to travel.
- Employed junior stylists can expect to earn in the region of €20,000 to €23,000.
- Senior stylists earn higher salaries of between €26,000 and €34,000.
- Being a freelancer is very common in this industry, and as a freelancer you'll be paid either a daily or hourly rate. An assistant stylist can earn anything from €55 to €170 per day -if paid hourly, this is in the region of €10.10 to €11.10 per hour.
Relevant degree subjects are fashion merchandising, styling and designing. Institutes such as the National College of Art and Design in offer a variety of appropriate courses. The fashion industry is extremely competitive, making relevant experience essential for getting ahead.