Friday, August 8, 2014

Attending a Fashion Styling Class at FIT

This summer I was blessed with the opportunity to attend an intro to fashion styling class at Fashion Institute of Technology. The class was held on Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m. on June 19-July 24 taught by fashion stylist, Nancy Alusick. But the first class session was taught by fashion stylist, Emma Sosa, who's specialty is vintage clothes and accessories. I enjoyed the class very much and it really helped clarify for me the various avenues of styling that are available.

Here are 5 Reasons why the class was worth it's weight in gold for me:

1. I've learned a wealth of information in six weeks that I never learned in several years of Googling about the styling profession and watching the Rachael Zoe Project.

2. Professor Alusick covered a massive amount of info in just six 3-hour lectures.

3. I've learned that editorial styling is the most creative yet least paying. Advertisement styling is the most high paying and catalog/online stores offer the most steady work and predictable work hours.

4. It's important to build relationships with photographers because they can get you styling gigs on projects they're working on and get you jobs on other projects that they're not working on.

5. I've learned the difference between working in the costume department vs. the wardrobe department of a production. The costume department just sources and designs the costumes. The wardrobe department maintains the costumes on-location. A gig in the wardrobe department gets you a ticket to travel, as well as opportunities to network with all the other production crew.

If you've attended the intro to fashion styling class at F.I.T. what great insights did you take away from the class? How has it helped you further your career goals in styling? Let me know in the comment section below. Thanks for reading take care.

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