08 March, 2014

Secrets of stylists by Sasha Charnin Morrison [Ina, Mt Albert Library]

Ahh the glory of red carpet frocks... girl fantasies made of glitter and glam. A lot of young women nowadays dream of getting into the fashion business by becoming a stylist - the person behind the gorgeous outfits. But what does it really take to be in this profession? Is it as fun and prestigious as it is made out to be?

If you want a real look at this "job behind the scenes", this is your book.

Of course it includes all the anecdotes that make this job interesting, but there is so much more. Morrison doesn't hold back with the gritty sides of the profession and gives readers a realistic tour of the world of styling. There are interviews with other stylists, helpful pictures explaining her notes and mountains of tips and tricks to win in the struggle against chaos (which could undoubtedly happen if you don't know what you're doing). She structures the book logically, from how to get there, what it takes, the ins and outs of the job, up to a stylist's influences and finding and defining personal styles.

I found the book very insightful and finished it with a clear idea of what the job entails. I gained a new respect for the people doing this job, as there is no space for "ditzy" time-wasters and if you want to succeed, you better be prepared to work hard. For any reader who is into fashion and styling at all, you will find it really interesting, even if you never intend to become a stylist. And it can't hurt to know the insider tricks either - you never know when your own fashion emergency could show up...

Title: Secrets of stylists: an insider's guide to styling the stars 
Author: Sasha Charnin Morrison
ISBN: 9780811874656
Published: 2012
Publisher: Chronicle books

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