Have you always dreamed of pulling looks from the fashion cupboard to create the perfect magazine editorial? Do you fancy yourself as the next Katy England or Rachel Zoe? For those looking to start a glamorous career by enrolling in fashion stylist courses, London has plenty to choose from. We pick our top 10 to get you on your way.
1. Fashion and Personal Styling Foundation Diploma, London College of Style
This 12-week, part-time diploma offers not only a great classroom education at their Parsons Green campus but industry experience. All students attend and work backstage at London Fashion Week and London Collections: Men as well as getting involved with real celebrity, editorial, music, film and TV styling projects.
2. London Florence: Fashion Trend Forecasting And Styling, Central Saint Martins
If you’ve got the travel bug as much as you’ve got the fashion bug, this course is perfect. Split half and half between London and Florence, the 20-day course aims to teach you all the skills to create shoots, identify trends and incorporate them into your work. Taught by practising stylists, you’ll also finish the course with a selection of images for your portfolio.
3. One Week Fashion Styling Course, Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design
Ideal for absolute beginners, get your introduction to fashion styling from the people behind Vogue, Glamour, Love and Vanity Fair. You’ll learn from experienced stylists about the realities of the job, inspiring figures in the industry and work with professional models and photographers to create your own shoots.
4. Introduction to Personal Styling, Fashion Retail Academy
If you’re looking for a fashion stylist course that’s more about making people look and feel great than creating arty fashion images, head to the Fashion Retail Academy. Over three days of lectures, workshops and practical sessions, you’ll get an overview of how to build the perfect wardrobe for customers and how retailers use this to create loyal shoppers.
5. Fashion Image and Styling Intensive, Istituto Marangoni
For those who want a more thorough education but lack the time for a degree, Istituto Marangoni offer a one-year intensive programme in Fashion Image and Styling, equivalent to an undergraduate degree. Themes covered on the course include analysis and research, brand personal identity, styling development and research methods and portfolio. You can also then progress straight on to doing a Masters with the school.
6. Editorial Styling and Creative Direction, London College of Fashion
The fashion stylist courses at London College of Fashion offer great practical training. At the end of the three weeks on the Editorial Styling and Creative direction course, you’ll have contributed to a student-produced zine and have started your own fashion blog. You’ll also learn basic Photoshop and InDesign skills and go on field trips around London to learn how to spot great street style.
7. Menswear Styling, Style ME Training
Learning personal styling for men can create a strong niche for yourself. This affordable, one-day course is held every month, giving you more flexibility on when you study. Style ME is a successful personal styling agency and through the academy their team is on hand to help you forge a great career too. Womenswear styling courses are also available.
8. Fashion Styling, London School of Trends
The London School of Trends, part of India’s top fashion school, the JD Institute of Fashion, offer one-month courses that teach you the essentials of being a fashion stylist, as well as the importance of teamwork and collaboration. They offer helpful assistance for international students wanting to enrol and the school is accredited by the British Accreditation Council.
9. Fashion Styling and Forecasting, London College of Contemporary Arts
Being a great fashion stylist is also about being able to spot the next big thing in fashion. This 10-week evening course balances the practical skills of styling for magazines with trend forecasting and how this impacts all areas of the industry.
10. Editorial Styling Advanced Diploma, London College of Style
For those searching for more directional fashion stylist courses, London College of Style has created a specific programme for those wanting to style for magazines. With real briefs set by fashion publications and strong connections with PR agencies to loan clothes from, this is a thorough introduction to life in the industry and you’ll receive a personalised editorial stylist career plan on your graduation.