We have been asking Guest Bloggers to share some of their top tips for their chosen areas. Over the next few months we’ll hear from Fashion Stylists, Gaffers, Technicians and other people who make FIlm and TV production tick. See Holly’s words below.

‘There is never a dull moment in life as a fashion stylist, no two days are the same and that is exactly how I like it. After studying printed textiles at Loughborough University, spending a year working in India and then interning at some of the top fashion magazines based in London (Vogue UK, Tank, Vogue Russia etc,)’

I embarked on my freelance career in 2010 with zest and an enthusiasm that is yet to waver. My clients include Harry Winston, the V&A, Matchesfashion.com, Sky, William Morris, Rocket Records, to name a few. I style both fashion editorial and commercial projects, I have worked on TV commercials and did the costume for a special short film commissioned by Harry Winston for the V&A ‘Hollywood Costume’ exhibition.Fashion

In 2012 I started a fashion blog which I have recently re-branded as ‘The Colour Catcher’ due to my absolute obsession with colour and how that is reflected in my work. In doing so I have unearthed a passion to write, something that somewhat surprised me, but I’m loving the extra outlet.

I am not afraid of hard work or long hours, I once spent days creating clothes out of origami tracing paper for a shoot for the look book of a jewellery designer. I love to get my hands dirty, so to speak. I have worked as stylist, creative director, art director on many a project, coming up with initial concepts and seeing it right through to the shoot, retouch and handover. I styled and co-ordinated the production of a look book for menswear designer Karim Maher, from the very beginnings; model casting and team assembly, to bringing in a graphics designer, directing the art work and styling the shoot.

Give me something creative, anything creative and I will run with it and enjoy every last minute. One of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with some incredibly talented individuals. I love working with new people and bouncing ideas off each other. I think it is very important to get and to listen to feedback from other creatives in order to keep your work fresh and inspiring. It’s not cheating, it’s clever.

So what’s on the horizon for me? More of the same please! I am looking to broaden my experience in advertising and film, blog like a lunatic and generally keep doing what I love with a big smile on my face.

Tips for those budding stylists out there:

  • Get yourself some internships, this is vital for learning how the industry works and making some contacts – don’t expect it to be glamorous…it won’t be!
  • Do test shoots, this is your opportunity to start developing your own portfolio and making your own network of photographers, MUAs etc that you like to work with, you never know, they may be able to recommend you for jobs in the future
  • Assist, find a stylist who you admire their work and hound them until they let you assist them – again, it won’t be glamorous, expect to be helping with collections and returns, steaming and lugging endless suitcases up and down stairs
  • Don’t give up at the first hurdle – styling is a hugely competitive profession and the fashion industry can afford to be brutally cut throat, if you are determined then go for it, listen to constructive criticism when it comes and grow from it.

Written by Holly Barber

Fashion Stylist, blogger and maker of beautiful things.

Edited by Sam Parkinson – Studio Manager – 02077370007

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