Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Book Review: SECRETS OF STYLISTS: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO STYLING THE STARS

by Samia Lavenant

SECRETS OF STYLISTS: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO STYLING THE STARS written by Sasha Charnin Morrison

Coming from a well-known family, you would think that the author would have an easy path to a fashion career, but in this book, Sasha Charnin Morrison really goes into details about her personal experiences that are far from fabulous.

Being recognized from a young age for her personal style, she made her way into the industry with some hard-learned lessons, including a stint at Vanity Fair that ended in a modern day comedy like manner.

This book is a real investment for any aspiring fashion stylist as it includes many tips from well-known designers, stylists, and even some tips on how to present you as a real fashion styling professional.

For Charnin Morrison, having a great work relationship with a good tailor is the foundation of success. She points out the importance of fit in all her examples and pictures.

It is known that in all careers there is much to learn through experience, but this book certainly gives you an insight into how much work and all the loose details that are often glamorized by Reality TV in fashionista shows. It even explains the ordeals she had to endure when declaring some items in a customs form that required fast thinking and LOTS of patience.

It is a great guide to basic things that are overlooked at times such as a complete guide to shape wear, and how to remove different type of stains from different kind of fabrics.

I certainly do think this is a book to keep close to you if you want to go into fashion styling and to reference back to in case of doubt. It is a true investment and a core book to keep for times of a fashion crisis.

This is one of a series of stying book reviews published by The Invisible Stylist.

Samia Lavenant has been an outstanding student of mine this past year. I am sure her fashion style and curiosity will take her far - can't wait to follow her career!

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