Thursday, 1 May 2014

Assisting a fashion stylist on Xposé photo-shoots.

I have recently gotten the opportunity to work with the brilliant fashion stylist Irene O'Brien on a couple of different fashion shoots. I was really excited to see how a professional fashion stylist works and to find out exactly what is involved with this specific and trilling career path!
         I learned sooooo much from her. I learned all about working to a brief, the procedures to follow when pulling clothing and accessories for photo-shoots, working with models, photographers, boutiques and presenters and I also learned how to do a spreadsheet necessary for keeping track of all of the items on the shoot.
          All of the photo-shoots that I assisted this stylist on were for the Irish fashion television programme Xposé. I was over the moon about this, as I watch Xposé everyday! The first photo-shoot that I assisted took place in the Liquor Rooms in Dublin City Centre and this shoot featured clothing and accessories from the Irish boutique Carousel. (There website is: )
Here is an image of this shoot.

Carousel is such a lovely boutique located in the heart of Dublin City Centre and the girls that work there are extremely helpful ! I strongly recommend that you check them out, especially if you are into that quirky, girly look. Here is a link to there facebook page:

           Another one of the shoots that I assisted the fashion Stylist Irene O'Brien took place in the luxurious Marker Hotel. When we arrived there were chocolates awaiting us on the pillows in the bedrooms and the staff that worked there were so professional and really made us feel welcome at the hotel. All of the clothing and accessories featured in this photo-shoot were sourced from the Pavilions shopping centre located in Swords; Dublin. Here are some images from behind the scenes of this Xposé photo-shoot:

The reason why the model has two odd shoes on is because we were trying to decide which shoes looked best with the outfit! I am in LOVE with this pink pleather pencial midi skirt from River Island.

My favourite look from this entire shoot is the second image above. This outfit screams the 90's which is my ultimate favourite era in fashion. This spaghetti strap, burnt orangey red slip dress with black panelling is from River Island. The black bowler hat is from H&M, the leather jacket is from Mango as are these AMAZING black tasselled creeper style brogues. I fell in love with these brogues so much on this shoot that I just had to go out and buy myself a pair! I also fell in love with this pink coat from also from River Island and the way that Irene styled it with this outfit is my favourite way to wear a coat, as I find wearing coats just resting over the shoulders gives the oufit such an elegant look.

The images above are some extra images from behind the scenes on the day. The first image is off the rail of clothing and the second is the bed where we kept track of the accessories including jewellery, bags and hats.
         Another one of the shoots that I assisted Irene on was 'The style clinic' which is another segment featured on Xposé. Unfortunatley I do not have images from this shoot, but basically I assisted Irene with styling  women who signed up to get a day of  pampering and we worked with makeup artists and hair stylists from Brown sugar on the day. It was a fantastic experience and  I really enjoyed meeting so many new people on each and every one of these photo-shoots. I hope to get even more experience working with fashion stylists as I feel that that is the career path that I would like to head down as I feel that styling is my biggest strength in relation to fashion.

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