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Bold Belle

Posts: 105

Pittsburg, Kansas, US

What is the general work flow of wardrobe stylists? I mean I know their purpose, but it's how they go about it with the outfit(s). I hope this comes across.

I have issues at times trying to get the idea across tongue

Mar 22 13 07:20 pm Link


Bob Bentley Photography

Posts: 15140

Westcliffe, Colorado, US

Hmmm, say it again.

Mar 22 13 07:31 pm Link


Bold Belle

Posts: 105

Pittsburg, Kansas, US

ZingArts wrote:
Hmmm, say it again.

Not sure if I should lol.

Anyways, I guess what I'm asking is how they go about their job. There is a few things I'm a little lost on. Obviously at my level, if I want a 'WS' I would be paying, perfectly fine with that. Though I'm afraid after reading some things that weren't so clear about how they go about it.

I know they are wardrobe stylist and can make and break photos with amazing style. Though how they may go about offering their service, how it goes, when it comes to styling/gathering the outfit. As with how this all could come into cost.

I would hate to go into this thinking it's X amount of money but since I didn't know/understand that since etc,etc,etc happened/was done I have to pay more.

I don't know. Blah I should go to bed and come back to this

Mar 22 13 07:45 pm Link

Makeup Artist


Posts: 1926

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

The info in this thread might be helpful. … st16240104

Mar 22 13 10:12 pm Link



Posts: 1801

London, England, United Kingdom

Until an experienced stylist jumps in:

Give them a brief: examples and ideas and story you want for you want in the images and based on the shoot brief a stylist will construct the looks for the story. Often a stylist will even help you with model casting, ideally they work closely with the photographer.

For a spec shoot you should ask for a pull letter from the publication which will assist the stylist in getting hold of clothes since they will know in which publication their clothing may be showcased and be more willing to lend out items. Usually the first port of call will be the brands that advertise in the magazine. Unfortunately even if you have a great stylist they can't always get great pieces unless you can empower them to do so (more 'pull') with a good pull letter.

The stylist will then use their relationships with the various PR companies that manage the brands, go through the clothes and try and get them to lend out what they have picked. The better the exposure or better relationship the stylist has the more likely it is of them getting a yes.  Some stylists have their own wardrobe to fill gaps or do amazing modifications to vintage clothes but if it is for publication there are only so many times you can have 'stylists own' in the credits! Some also have relationships with newer designers too

The amount of time and running around this all takes and relationships required are why it is so difficult to get stylists for shoots, why the good ones are so busy and why they want a lot of notice. Often it is their credit card that is down in case there is any damage too. If you go for a very new stylist don’t be surprised if the clothes are all stuff bought with the intention of being returned from high street places like topshop…

Mar 23 13 07:21 am Link

Wardrobe Stylist

Pretty Deadly Stylz

Posts: 559

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ok, I won't be able to answer this for every stylist out there.

But in general, a lot of my job, is before a shoot. Day of is the fun part. And then I still need to wrap up a few days after the shoot doing returns.

So if you book me for a day, I've spent about a week at least on it.

I like to get reference images from my clients. I like to have an actual conversation, by phone, or a face to face. I like to build the concept, put my own spin on it, while still maintaining the clients vision.

I research, read, window shop, scout, follow trends & designers, go to fashion shows, meet other stylists, business owners, and am constantly networking.

My job is a lot about research, skill, and then style.

Anytime I am not working on a specific shoot, project or event, I am still reading, and watching and in general keeping my head in the game.

As for  prices those tend to vary. But I like a good old fashioned day rate. One that includes my running around. Sometimes there are deals made.  But considering my agent books me a lot of work, not that often anymore.  wink

The rates vary someone on what the shoot is for, whats needed, how many looks, how intricate etc.

Everyone works differently, that's my basics.

Have a great weekend!

Mar 23 13 09:24 am Link


Leonard Gee Photography

Posts: 17471

Sacramento, California, US

The stylist's work depends on the job.

Some jobs require concept styling. That's all encompassing from the creation of the look to the shooting on set. That means they are brought in to consult during pre-production. They get input & feedback from the client & photographer during the entire process. They may create the look or they maybe asked to conform to a look.

Other jobs only require they show up on the set, prep the clothes and accessories and see that the look, fit and total package comes together and holds up during the shoot.

Then they can be ask to do anything in between.

Mar 23 13 11:41 am Link