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Freelance stylist assistant, London, 23 years old. A Fashion Communication and Styling graduate.
I was recommended by the people I worked with at The Sun for this role. As an assistant, I have attended press meetings and pulled clothes from various stores for photoshoots. My general role is to set everything up before the shoots begin and to dress the models. On occasion, I’ve had to source props and wrap the photoshoots up by myself. I also manage the returns and keep an eye on the set whilst the shoot is happening to make sure the clothes look up to our desired visual standard. Shoots I have assisted on have included fashion shoots for The Sun, makeover shoots for Cambridge weight loss and celebrity shoots including a 20 page book and a commercial for fitness superstar Joe Wicks.
Responsibilities: To produce photographs to the standard/desired aesthetic of the band/performer for his or her envisioned use and to deliver them within an efficient time period. The majority of my work experience has come from my role as a self-employed live music photographer, both for my own enjoyment and for personal monetary reward, but always in an official capacity either within a photographic studio or on-location set, or within live music venues during concert performances. Just some of the people I have photographed consist of Boy George, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N Roses, Iglu & Hartley and Skid Row. These invaluable experiences have given me a sharp eye for what to look at behind and in front of the camera and to understand a photographers role. Along side photographing bands I have also produced a series of fashion images including film. In addition to this, I have written reviews for thedigitalfix.com including taking the photographs and on occasion interviewing the bands.
Working as part of a motivated team in a sales-driven environment, within one of the busiest city-centre shopping centres in Europe. Responsible for ensuring excellent customer service, from door to till, to aftersales customer care. Creating and maintaining an impeccable visual standard of merchandising within the store, unpacking, sorting and correctly placing new stock arrivals, offering exceptional customer service through politeness, friendliness and excellent knowledge of the varied product lines. I have been trained to deal with any customer queries and complaints in an effective and professional manner, as well as promoting specific product lines under the guidance of the company, and reaching store and company-wide sales targets. I also managed the stock room, dealt with warranty and worked frequently with the visual merchandising team. This job has rewarded me with even more communication skills and a vast product knowledge. It has also allowed me to understand the process of a retail environment and how to interpret customer needs.
This internship was initially for a week, then I was asked to stay-on. I worked a few weeks on a full-time basis, after which I worked two days a week, during my spare time. My main responsibilities included making sure the fashion cupboard was organised to a high standard and that all the returns were done efficiently and correctly. I also assisted on a variety of shoots, liased with PR’s, attended press appointments and conducted over the phone interviews.
Serving food, making drinks, and generally making sure everything was organised. I had to run the bar, open and close the venue and make sure everything was prepared for the following day. I also managed a small team of staff, took in the deliveries, made sure the correct change was in the tills, re-stocked the bar and cashed up of an evening. I also conducted interviews and trained staff overseeing their trial shifts. I produced the rotas, managed all of the bookings and dealt with most of the complaints and issues. It rewarded me with organisational skills, the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, dealing with people and issues; taking the initiative to make quick decisions and working long hours efficiently.
This internship was initially full-time for two months. I proved a valuable asset to the team and was asked to continue to work there for one or two days a week after that. During this time, I was in charge of uploading content to the Dazed and Confused website; sourcing information, transcribing interviews and writing articles. During my initial two month placement, I helped cover the prodigious London Menswear shows for three weeks; which involved a great degree of time management, contacting photographers and making sure all the content was uploaded and put together and online within two hours after every show. I also sourced information for playlists, conducted thorough research and made sure all the visuals were correct and selected properly. I created schedules for Fashion Week on Googledocs spreadsheets and managed a small team of interns; guiding them through the CMS and checking their work before it went through to the Fashion Features editor. Through this internship I gained a high level of organisation, communication and a higher paced work ethic. I was also asked back to help with the SS16 womenswear shows. My work can be found on: http://www.dazeddigital.com/user/BelleJones
For this internship, I was in charge of filling out and sourcing details for both New York and Milan fashion week. I also had to request clothes and accessories from various PR companies and pick up and return the clothes needed for the shoots. I also organised the fashion cupboard making sure it was always kept at a high standard and assisted on a photoshoot for Superdry. Towards the end of my placement I helped at the Ashley Williams Fashion East catwalk show. I did this by organising the rails, steaming the clothes, dressing the models and making sure everything was perfect for the catwalk. From this experience I gained a valuble insight into how stylists and PR's interact and how to think on my feet and to always be ready for anything. I also learnt how to navigate my way around London quickly and efficiently and how to represent a company.
For this important photoshoot, it was my sole responsibility to find models and subsequently style and direct them during the course of a very intense day. The purpose of the shoot was to produce a model casting book for the actors to flick through whilst filming but they loved the photos so much, they blew a few up and displayed them in the background in some of the shots. This valuable experience was organised for me by my tutors at Fashion:Lab, who believed I was the best person for the job. The photos were efficiently produced in under a day and printed ready for them to take and use for an episode they filmed later that week.
I was responsible for dressing and organising catwalk models, as well as assisting with the manufacture of garments and accessories prior to his Autumn/Winter show at London Fashion Week 2011. Under the direction of world-famous designer Jacob Kimmie I was also tasked with running the various errands. Such a demanding position entails purchasing the fabrics and off-the-shelf accessories required from various high-street retailers, customising them, steaming the clothes and generally just making sure everything was finished and presented to a high standard.
BA Honors, Fashion Communication and Styling Mark obtained: Second Lower Class
Mark obtained: 11 GCSE’s, B-C
BTEC National Diploma in Fashion and Clothing Mark obtained: Distinction, Merit, Merit