- Wardrobe stylist
A wardrobe stylist is the job title of someone who picks out the clothing worn by people in
photoshoots, for commercial print catalogue, televisionappearances, music videos, concertperformances, and any public appearances made by celebrities, models or other celebrities and public figures.
The wardrobe stylist can select and either shop for or borrow the clothing items used to dress their client. They often consult with the client,
photographer/director, hair stylistand makeup artistto put together the particular look or theme for the specific project.
A wardrobe stylist is sometimes referred to as a fashion
stylistor image consultant. The job may also entail casting models, personal shopping, restructuring a client's entire wardrobe, reorganizing a client's closet as well as many 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.
Wardrobe stylists can be paid in several different ways. Some are paid an hourly
wage, with top stylists earning up to $1000 per hour; some are paid by the day, which is called a day rate and can range up to $10,000 a day. They may also be paid a flat fee for the length of the project. This procedure is often called a buy out. Some stylist 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 small fee, usually ranging between 10 and 20% of the stylist's fee. The agency makes sure that the wardrobe stylist's needs are taken care of. For example, they make sure that transportation, accommodations, and travel are all handled 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.
Some schools now offer courses in becoming a wardrobe stylist, but at present there are no specific requirements for the position, just a keen eye for fashion, sense of style and good taste.
List of notable wardrobe stylists
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