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There are a number of classes you can take to help prepare you
for this career while you are still in high school. Take classes in
the visual arts to learn about design and composition. Develop your
hand-eye coordination in sculpture or pottery classes where you
will be producing three-dimensional objects. Painting classes will
teach you about colors, and photography classes will give you a
familiarity using this medium. Skill with fabric is a must, so take
family and consumer science classes that concentrate on fabric
work. You will be able to cultivate your skills pressing and
steaming clothes, doing minor alterations, and completing
needlework. Because your work as a fashion stylist may require you
to work as a freelancer (running your own business) take
mathematics classes or business and accounting classes that will
prepare you to keep your own financial records. Of course, English
classes are important. English classes will give you the
communication skills that you will need to work well with a variety
of people, to promote your own work, and to drum up new business.
The specialties employed for certain shoots require a familiarity
with, for instance, formal attire, food preparation, home
decorating, children, bedding, and any number of other potential
subjects. A fashion stylist, like any artist, draws from his or her
own experience for inspiration, so exposure to a wide variety of
experiences will benefit anyone entering the field.
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