Stylists have the ability to curate outfits for various purposes in the fashion and entertainment industry or organise clothing and products to be photographed. There are lots of different types of Stylists within this category, for example wardrobe stylists on films, fashion stylists on photoshoots and personal stylists for individuals.

The way the product is placed, folded, fitted to a mannequin or pinned to a board and the way a model is fitted and styled in clothing or accessories. Stylists create outfits by researching, sketching and creating mood boards to communicate suggested colours, textures and styles. They then source the outfit, from either the production wardrobe provided or by finding pieces in the high-street stores. On set, stylists adjust and maintain outfits throughout the production. It is important to understand the producer and director’s vision for a shoot and how that can interpret in clothes and accessories.

What are some of their responsibilities?

  • Planning outfits – talking to the director and understanding their vision, researching, sketching and piecing outfits together
  • Sourcing outfits – from scratch, wardrobes or from the high-street (depending on the production)
  • Styling models or products – this may include models or products for tv, film, commercials, ecommerce or editorial
  • Understanding of sewing and being able to make basic adjustments on set
  • Maintaining outfits on shoots – making sure that they fit right or have the correct adjustments made
  • Overseeing cleaning or repairs post shoot

Who do Stylists work alongside?

  • Production Designer
  • Art Director
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Hair and Makeup Stylist

What makes a great Stylist?

A great stylist knows the latest trends and can sense future trends in the industry. Something worth knowing is the Editing process, usually Premiere Pro on a video production and photoshop on a photoshoot – although you may not need to use it, it helps to know how things work to understand how the end result should look. It is also helpful to have a basic understanding of pinning and folding clothing, it may not be required as much if you are working with models but it is handy to have the knowledge.

Sewing is a great skill to have as it enables you to make adjustments on set.

How to become a Stylist? 

A degree 


There are different ways to network –  

  • Attending events is a fantastic way to meet people in person
  • LinkedIn – make connections!
  • Facebook Pages – join a group and they will post jobs and advice!
  • Talk to previous clients about extra work – sell yourself!

Work Experience 

  • Different set designers may offer work experience opportunities to build up your CV, enquire with them to see if they offer anything that may help!
  • You could start as a stylist’s assistant, production assistant or runner in commercial, eCommerce, film or TV and work your way up – make sure to ask questions!



  • A visual representation of your work helps to sell yourself – Behance or TheDots are great platforms to utilise
  • If you don’t have many images to put into a portfolio, you can organise shoots for unpaid work – models are always wanting to build up their portfolio, network and exchange your work!

How do I book a Stylist?

If you would like to enhance your project, here at Yellow Cat we have a wide network of talented Stylists to suit all client needs. We have a rich talent pool for client’s to hire freelance Stylists.

For more information regarding Stylists, their market rate, and the availability of freelance Stylists, please contact or give us a call on 020 7580 7333.

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