Fashion Stylists

Fashion Stylist at Work During Photo Shoot

Photo styling is actually an all-encompassing term for the many and varied contributions that a photo stylist brings to the job. Primarily, the photo stylist works with a photographer to create a particular image, using props, backgrounds, accessories, clothing, costumes, linens, and other set elements. Much of the work exists within the print advertising industry, although stylists are also called to do film and commercial shoots. Fashion stylists are photo stylists who specialize in helping photographers and other professionals create fashion images. While fashion styling may seem like a vague and nebulous profession, it is an increasingly vital part of the fashion photography and advertising industries.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Costume Stylists, Photo Stylists
Duties Help photographers and other professionals create fashion images
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are best in major U.S. cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Houston
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience One to two years as a merchandise displayer or stylist's assistant
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Stylist, or Art Director, or Fashion Editor
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Merchandise Displayer or Assistant to Fashion Stylist