Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

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FREELANCE ASSISTING

 

Starting out as a freelance assistant you will need to have researched which stylist you would like to work for.  The first step is to look in the fashion directories and contact their agent – if they have one – to offer your assistance. The stylist will have a booker. Ring them, explain your aim and ask for their email address, then send in your CV and a covering letter to be forwarded to the stylist. Be persistent and keep calling (though get the balance right – don’t be a nuisance by calling every day). You want to appear eager and show that you want to work with that particular stylist. Research the stylist’s work and display that knowledge when speaking to the agent. 

When you get an assisting job, work as hard as possible so that the stylist recommends you to her agency. As you start to build a good reputation, more regular work will come in. Always try to work with two or three stylists to widen your pool of work – the point is that you should really have two or three stylists on the go. If one hasn’t any work coming in, chances are the other two may well have, which will mean that you should be constantly working too. You need to pay your bills and eat in order to survive the freelance world.

 

See below for a small list of agents that represent fashion stylists.

 
 
Hello & welcome!  I'm Danielle Griffiths - Stylist Director and Author of Fashion Stylist's Handbook.  I’ve put together a whole heap of information for you to look through and devour. A lot of it you’ll find in my book, but this blog lets me delve further into the subject of fashion styling. I hope you enjoy what you find and that it’s useful.  I started working as a UK-based fashion stylist in 2001. My editorial work has appeared in the country's leading fashion magazines and newspapers. I have styled for major advertising and music clients, while working alongside some of the world's best photographers.  Whilst working as a stylist I encountered one too many assistants who didn't know enough about the industry. Not through any fault of their own, rather due to a lack of accessible information. With that in mind I set about creating the Fashion Stylist's Handbook.  Since completing my book I have been invited to talk about fashion styling at  The Fashion & Textile Museum, London;  Condé Nast College Of Fashion & Design, London; and  MODESIGN Academy , Brussels. I wrote a course on 'The Business of Fashion Styling' for  UIBS , Antwerp, while working as a freelance stylist for  De Standaard Magazine  - the weekend supplement to De Standaard, Belgium's leading quality newspaper.     VISITING LECTURER, STYLIST WORKSHOPS & ONE-TO-ONES   Since 2018 I have been a Visiting Lecturer at Condé Nast College Of Fashion & Design, teaching fashion styling.  As a Stylist Director, I mentor and coach those entering the styling profession as well as more experienced creatives who need their skills to evolve with the industry. I offer Stylist Workshops & the more bespoke option of One-to-One training.  I'm Opening Up A Closed World!   Danielle X

Hello & welcome!

I'm Danielle Griffiths - Stylist Director and Author of Fashion Stylist's Handbook.

I’ve put together a whole heap of information for you to look through and devour. A lot of it you’ll find in my book, but this blog lets me delve further into the subject of fashion styling. I hope you enjoy what you find and that it’s useful.

I started working as a UK-based fashion stylist in 2001. My editorial work has appeared in the country's leading fashion magazines and newspapers. I have styled for major advertising and music clients, while working alongside some of the world's best photographers.

Whilst working as a stylist I encountered one too many assistants who didn't know enough about the industry. Not through any fault of their own, rather due to a lack of accessible information. With that in mind I set about creating the Fashion Stylist's Handbook.

Since completing my book I have been invited to talk about fashion styling at The Fashion & Textile Museum,London; Condé Nast College Of Fashion& Design, London; and MODESIGN Academy, Brussels. I wrote a course on 'The Business of Fashion Styling' for UIBS, Antwerp, while working as a freelance stylist for De Standaard Magazine - the weekend supplement to De Standaard, Belgium's leading quality newspaper.

VISITING LECTURER, STYLIST WORKSHOPS & ONE-TO-ONES

Since 2018 I have been a Visiting Lecturer at Condé Nast College Of Fashion & Design, teaching fashion styling.

As a Stylist Director, I mentor and coach those entering the styling profession as well as more experienced creatives who need their skills to evolve with the industry. I offer Stylist Workshops & the more bespoke option of One-to-One training.

I'm Opening Up A Closed World!

Danielle X

 
 
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