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Stylist vs. Designer-Are they the same??

I’ve realized based on recent phone calls and inquiries that there is some widespread confusion around the word “STYLIST.” Part of the issue stems from the fact that many stylists (as naturally creative people) are also fashion designers. And, some fashion designers, like Tom Ford, were actually just really good stylists. Some clarity would help in this department.

Fashion designers create clothing, and they may not necessarily be great stylists. They typically sketch the item or outfit, create the pattern, pick out the fabric and trimmings, sew the garment, and fit the garment to the individual. If the garment is mass-produced, there is someone who liaisons with the factory to make sure that each piece turns out as planned. The product of a designer is the actual garment.

A fashion stylist is someone who selects clothing and accessories for a fashion advertisement or editorial. There are many different types of potential clients for a stylist. For example, a celebrity may hire a stylist to dress them for a red carpet event or for their private life. The job description varies widely as some stylists work on exclusive projects like music videos, acting as a costume designer to create one-of-a-kind looks for the star.

I am a fashion stylist who has experience in high-level commercial jobs for print magazines, but I also work with a small number of private clientele. For the everyday woman, I help with streamlining her closet, finding her personal style, restructuring her wardrobe, educating her on the best colors and shapes for her body, developing good shopping habits, and changing her relationship with clothing. I do not make/sew clothing myself. However, I have an in-depth understanding of garment construction, the specific fabrics that hide flaws, and which shapes are flattering for which body types.

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smrity
October 6, 2016 at 10:48 AM
do we need to have good sketching skills to be a stylist
alexandra
November 18, 2016 at 7:02 PM
no you do not need to be a good skether to be a stylist.
Bett.Stein.
February 22, 2015 at 11:22 PM
Dear Alexandra; (fellow fashion police..)....., Enjoyed your artical. I'm a designer for 25 year.....and I also truly enjoy stylist work... look forward to future comments ????. Best Regards, Bett Stein
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October 16, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Hi,I'm currently in college studying bussiness management. I want to be in the fashion industry mostly as a fashion stylist. I just wanted to know how did you get started with your career? What did you do? Who did you talk to first? I need help getting started and getting my life together. When you have a chance and have read this can you please write back.Thank You
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August 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Hello, so does that mean if ¡ major in fashion design there is a chance ¡ can still work as a stylist? Becuz I'm interested in the making of clothes but I'm also interested in styling as weel. ¡ Would love to be able to work in magazines and style it.

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