Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Attending Another Fashion Styling Class!

Tonight was my first session in Fashion Styling for Celebrity Images, a four week continuing education class at F.I.T. I was eager to take the course because it tells   "how to get experience and acquire your own clients," according to the course catalog description. I'm always looking to expand my horizons in terms diversifying my client base.
Here are my 5 take-aways from tonight's class:
1. Stop using the word cute for describing clothes and accessories. Come up with better words.
2. Don't say you have a passion for fashion when asked why you want a job in the industry.  Come up with a stronger set of reasons, create a S.W.O.T. analysis to discover those reasons. S.W.O.T. stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
3. Sometimes people will be so terrible to you, but you have to suck it up, finish your job and cry later. I know this one first hand.
4. MANAGING PERSONALITIES IS ESSENTIAL! Figuring how to navigate each one successfully is the challenge, which is the only way to get the most out of your career and experiences.
5. You have to have an OBSESSIVE attention to detail and remember and write down what went where, what goes back to who's etc..
3-5 I have down pat! 1-2 through, eh, not so much. But I'll work on it's.
Oh and we each had to draw a name from an envelope of a celeb that we have to come up with styles for two occasions. That is for our final project. I picked Miley Cyrus, so I have to come up with an outfit that she could wear to the Kentucky Derby and to the American Music Awards. Wow, just wow, was my internal reaction, LOL. This will be interesting. And the professor said to study our chosen celebrity's style very closely.
Also, the key thing professor Pamela Macklin emphasized was to learn how to package our unique personal brand as stylists. Define what differentiates us from the rest of the competition. One of the prof's students who worked for her during the summer was a guest speaker. She talked about displaying the fancy wardrobe of an HBO movie for its executives to see and to have photographed. She had to make sure every detail was taken care of so it would look flawless for the viewing. She had a few mishaps along the way but powered through it to get the job done. She also spoke about the importance of maintaining a professional demeanor when interning and assisting. She also said not to act "too familiar" with the talent because they usually want their space and privacy. Having that respect to keep your distance yet still being courteous is key.
The professor is a lively, expressive lecturer, nice classmates, great class, I enjoyed it and so glad I registered! :-)
Have you taken this class or any of the fashion styling continuing education courses at FIT? How did you like them? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading, take care.

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