An extract on #stylist
Hair stylist, a person who cuts and styles hair
Personal stylist, a person concerned with the style of a single individual
Wardrobe stylist, a person who chooses clothing and accessories
Food stylist, a person who makes food look attractive in photographs
Literary stylist, a master or critic of writing style
Automotive stylist, a person involved in designing the appearance and ergonomics of automobiles
The job description varies greatly depending on the assignment. Stylists in the editorial and celebrity fields work primarily with designer samples, which are shown during fashion presentations and are lent to members of the fashion press during the 46 months before retail sales begin. High-level stylists may collaborate directly with designers to produce custom clothing for celebrity clients or editorials; this is common for celebrity stylists whose clients attend awards shows, and for fashion editors at top magazines. Stylists may also provide services such as personal shopping, restructuring a client's entire wardrobe, reorganizing a client's closet, or other duties relating to the client's personal lifestyle.
A wardrobe stylist is distinct from a costume designer, the person who clothes fictional characters in film, television or theater. A wardrobe stylist is distinct from an image consultant or a color consultant. A person can be a color consultant without knowing the basic principles of line or style. An image consultant is an expert in both color and line and may work with business professionals or individuals, as opposed to celebrities in particular. A color consultant's aim is to identify the most flattering colors for that individual, while the goal of an image consultant is to tell a story about the client through clothes, shapes and colors.
Wardrobe stylists can be paid an hourly wage or by the day, called a day rate. Editorial assignments tend to pay less money, while advertising campaigns, commercials, or spokesperson campaigns tend to pay the most. Some freelance fashion editors, that is, stylists who work exclusively in producing editorial content, may receive a rate per page in a given publication; fashion editors typically negotiate this rate on a yearly basis, during which time the publication will assign a certain number of project pages to be completed. Stylists may also be paid a flat fee for the length of a project, usually called a buy out. Some stylists can be put on a monthly retainer, in which they are paid a set fee for a period of time and are on call for the entire time period.
Wardrobe stylists are sometimes represented by agencies that specialize in representing wardrobe stylists, hair stylists and makeup artists. When a wardrobe stylist is represented by an agency, the agency usually books all of their work or assignments for a fee, usually ranging between 10% and 20% of the stylist's fee. The agency ensures that the stylist's needs are met, typically guaranteeing that transportation and travel and accommodations are all taken care of before the wardrobe stylist takes an assignment. Agencies usually expedite the client's payment and make sure that the wardrobe stylist is paid in full within 30 to 60 days of completion of the assignment.