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10 most wonderful career paths for you in Styling in 2018


Interestingly a lot of MIFT past students are working as stylist in Industry, Fashion Magazines, Event Management Company as freelancers and few started own business of Bridal Studio, Beauty Salon and Photo studio. MIFT has incorporated fashion journalism, cosmetology, photography, business and psychology as basic component of styling to insure wider career opportunities of graduating students. 

Conventionally stylists compose visual images through the use of clothes and accessories. A fashion stylist dress models and film stars, manage photo shoots, and design costumes for music videos and events. Stylists spend days matching clothes, shoes, theme, environment, while being paid for the quality of fashion sense acceptability.


Editorial assignments have lesser wage rate, while media campaigns and commercials tend to pay better. In industry stylists are paid a flat fee for the length of a project, this practice is habitually called a buy-out. Some stylists 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.

When styling on a media set, stylist has to manage finance of wardrobe budget or a warehouse of clothing. Wardrobe Stylists have to control cost of hundreds of extras, depending on the movie scene. In the media industry, stylist can work as a union or non-union stylist. Joining a union offers worker protections for wages and hours, and puts stylist on theatre, film and TV union lists so producers will call you directly for jobs. Retail is most popular career option for successful wardrobe stylists. It’s a great way to make good connections and networking and also learning the basics of personal shopping.

  • Corporate Styling: corporate stylist design for government, industries and companies for corporate uniforms, providing training to staff on personal appearance, magazine publications.


  • Photographic Styling: involves styling any Photoshoot and includes magazine or print editorial styling, commercial styling and catalogue styling.


  • Show Styling: involves organising events and fashion parades. This could involve public speaking/comparing, working backstage at fashion parades, selecting models, organising the running order, selecting garments and/or accessories, selecting the venue, developing the event concept, dealing with the media, photographers, and PR companies.


  • Merchandise Styling: Visual Merchandising, Planogram Design, Range Plan Optimization, Commercial Planogram lay outing are basic work of merchandise stylist. It involves managing displays of products in retail stores for photoshoots or for sale.


  • Editorial Styling: involves organising & managing the photoshoots for commercials, fashion magazines and other media industries. This engages selecting items to appear in advertisement product styling pages for magazines and content writing articles on product style, commercial trends etc.


  • Wardrobe Styling: Wardrobe stylist works on events, television, concert, films or theatre productions, designing and selecting the wardrobe items for the actors, musicians, performers, dancers and participating personalities.


  • Commercial Styling: styling of product, ambience, models or actors/actresses for print/TV/film commercials. This involves anything from managing the wardrobe items to managing the shoot – selecting the ambient, location, models, makeup stylist and even the photographer.


  • Catalogue Styling: involves working with business house employees for designing promotional materials such as product styling and product catalogues.


  • Personal Styling: involves providing recommendation or help to clients on how to manage their social image by selecting outfits and accessories that harmonize their association and persona and are suitable for their future business projects. Designing dresses of the client for political, promotional, social and public events to give hidden signal to audience.  Also managing and giving suggestion on makeup allergy, skin care, beauty treatments and event protocol.


  • Makeup & Hair Stylist: Makeup stylist is responsible for makeup for events such as prom, a special occasion, or a wedding. It could be a particular episode makeup, makeup for small screen or film, or makeup for shooting. It could be makeup for fashion week models, concert performers, or character makeup for the opera, drama and theatre. If Makeup and Hair stylist are working in salon they must have managerial skills also. Foremost duties at salon include checking of service & operations, making sure that customers are happy, overseeing employee’s effectiveness, efficiency and energy, moreover planning to make sure that profitability and margin rate is improving weekly.


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MIFT ( Mysore Institute of Fashion Technology) students, trainee and scholars study and research about fashion, makeup, forecasting, e commerce, disruptive technologies in fashion & cosmetics industry. The primary research objective is to create open industry modular ecosystem platform for fashion designers and makeup artists to work and earn in hyper personal and local market using IR 4 and 5 ( industrial revolution) technologies to disrupt connected digitalization of mass production. 


1 thought on “10 most wonderful career paths for you in Styling in 2018

  1. I know this post is a little dated, especially in terms of the fashion and style industry, but I can vouch for the fact that at the very least planogram and visual merchandising are still going strong into 2020.

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