Have you always dreamed of pulling looks from the fashion cupboard to create the perfect magazine editorial? Do you fancy yourself as the next Katy England or Elizabeth Stewart? For those looking to start a career in the highly competitive world of styling, London has the ultimate selection of fashion styling courses to choose from. We pick our top 10 to get you on your way.
Fashion and Personal Styling Foundation Diploma, London College of Style
This LCS course is an intensive 12-week programme covering e-commerce, styling for magazines, art direction and styling for TV and celebrities – so it’s perfect if you want the broadest possible introduction to the field. Based in Bloomsbury, this course has excellent industry connections and the fees include a professional industry styling kit of a portable steamer, pins, clips, tape, sewing kit, shoehorn and other materials.
Principles of Personal Fashion Styling (Online Short Course)
If you want to channel your love of styling into becoming a personal stylist or personal shopper, consider this online short course (split into two parts) from the London College of Fashion. You will learn all about colours, skin tones, body and clothing types, so that when you have a client list of your own you’ll be able to advise them confidently on how to dress and what works best. This beginner course lasts 5 days and is taught by Polly Holman.
Fashion Styling Short Course, Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design
Ideal for absolute beginners, this intensive one-week introduction to fashion styling is brought to you from the company behind Vogue, Glamour, Love and Vanity Fair. You’ll learn from experienced stylists about the realities of the job, inspiring figures in the industry and work with professional models and photographers to create your own mini mock issue of Vogue.
Fashion Image and Styling Intensive, Istituto Marangoni
This short course takes place over three weeks, with each having a theme – style overview, personal identity and style definition. You will learn how to research, taking into account fashion history and trends, and how to create a narrative in a fashion shoot, undertaking one of your own to build your styling portfolio.
Editorial Styling and Creative Direction, London College of Fashion
This course from the London College of Fashion is taught by John Williams and focuses on the fashion image in the media. Perfect for beginners with no previous experience, it considers who the most influential people are in fashion today, forecasting trends, tips for preparing shoots and communicating with PRs and editors. Visits to exhibitions and style hotspots is part of the experience, as is learning basic InDesign and Photoshop skills, and making a start on a digital portfolio.
Menswear Styling, Style ME Training
Learning personal styling for men can help you create a strong niche or broaden the roles you’re able to apply for. This affordable, one-day course is held every week, giving you flexibility with when you study. Style ME is a successful personal styling agency and through the academy their team is on hand to help you forge a great career too. Womenswear styling courses are also available.
Fashion Styling, London School of Trends
The London School of Trends, part of India’s top fashion school, the JD Institute of Fashion, offers one-month courses that teach you the essentials of being a fashion stylist, as well as the importance of teamwork and collaboration. They offer helpful assistance for international students wanting to enrol and the school is accredited by the British Accreditation Council.
Conceptual Fashion Styling, Central Saint Martins
If it’s the season-defining fashion stories in magazines that fuel your love of styling, then this might be the perfect course for you. The aim of the course is to teach you how to develop strong concepts from carefully considered elements, and how to visualise them through research, sketchbooks and moodboards.
Fashion Styling Advanced Diploma, London College of Style
London College of Style’s advanced diploma is perfect for those who have already taken part in a short course and want to accelerate their career further. Designed to give a strong grounding in editorial and commercial styling as well as styling for TV, ecommerce and advertising, this course has great connections with fashion publications and PRs. On graduation you’ll receive a personalised career plan and will enjoy support with employment applications, and internships.