6.7.11

Life | Styling - To Do or Not to Do?

Psynopsis Central St Martins Styling Course Model
Psynopsis Central St Martins Styling Course Model Photographer
Yayaahah... Just when I started moaning it became real fun - because when you see your ideas put into action on proper models (who are not only thin and young and beautiful, but also incredible patient and blasé about having their hair pulled and their skin painted and generally being handled like an over-loved barbie) and in a proper studio with a proper photographer* it's wonderfully satisfying - and pretty addictive, too.
Psynopsis Central St Martins Styling Course Model
Psynopsis Central St Martins Styling Course Dress

So, though I don't know if the 2 shooting days quite make up for the hours when we students struggled with vague instructions (95% had difficulties understanding English, which kind of aggrevated the problem) and not much support à la 'you can all leave now and do research'… my conclusion is:
The Saint Martins styling course is great fun IF you are an enthusiastic, independent soul, happy to get a feeling for what it means to work as a stylist** and spend some time with someone in the know. But if you want to be taken by the hand and learn specific information about the fashion industry, plus the in and outs of styling... this is not the right course.

One more shooting day to come… Wondering if I could make a bride. That's how it always ends, doesn't it... with the bride.
Psynopsis Central St Martins Styling Course Model Dress

*naturally I had to jump in from time to time to take some pics, too – until he shushed me away.
**also - really important! - the styling course has nothing to do with 'personal styling' or 'how to dress best' – that's Gok Wan territory. 

Outfits put together by students of 'Styling for Beginners' course, Central Saint Martins

30 comments:

Dancing Branflake said...

So glad you had a chance to enjoy it. So, are you the independent one?
I adore that last model. She is gorgeous!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Haha, good question... I think I would have liked a bit more specific information and instruction, but the shooting days really were worth it.

Isn't she beautiful?! And I got her to wear my concoction :)

drollgirl said...

um, i love your photos. and i love that you tried this class and got something out of it, even though maybe it wasn't all you had hoped for!

sacramento said...

Superb post Sabine. I am glad that you went and can tell you story from inside.
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Harriet said...

I love that paint splattered outfit!

Thanks for the info on the course, maybe I need styling for *complete* beginners before attempting styling for beginners!

the nyanzi report said...

i can see you're progressing. love the first two shots.

INTRO TO MY LIFE said...

well done, beautiful photos

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear-your photos are just fabulous and it sounded like a really wonderful experience too, well done indeed xxx

jess said...

I love the paint splatter look.

Susie said...

Oh wow, these photos are incredible! I really love the first one--it could be a painting...or part of a movie...or maybe both! Looks like it's a super fun course..well, this part of it, anyway!

KIRAFASHION said...

I totally get what you mean; it’s not an easy job. It’s a lot of work! You really must be passionate about it…

Fashionistable said...

Hooray I am so happy there was gold at the end of the rainbow. Great shots Sabine. Xxxx

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Yay so glad that you are now having fun!!! These ladies look just fabulous. Great work, lovely :) xoxo

ediot said...

oh i find these photos so inspiring as well as the post it self- i might just pop by london in september- to enjoy fashion week again and to visit friends. hopefully i get to stay more than a week.. Also im hoping to move there further on..Just declined a (preschool) job which is what i educated myself to, but i have no wish of working with it.. i'd rather do something that i feel passionate about. Fashion is indeed that. and Medicine as well- which im doing as a summer job(pharmacy)
hope you're enjoying your week dear
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Tanvi said...

Great to get your views on it ... I did wonder what exactly they might teach in that course! But I guess like they say, there no such thing as a bad experience! :)

Love these shots!

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Zarna said...

these shots are really beautiful! styling can be so much work!

Kavery said...

So you've been bitten by the designer bug! And look how good everything looks. Would love to see more shots.

The Foolish Aesthete said...

These are gorgeous photos and styling! The course couldn't have been all that bad :-) Thanks for your comments on my blog!

Roz said...

The outcome of the course - in the glimpse we are getting here of the styling - looks pretty amazing! I enjoyed reading your very frank and honest observations too. That last image is extraordinary.

danniekate said...

i love these candids! you can almost feel that pre-show atmosphere :) xx

the style crusader said...

Ah, this is amazing! Seriously gorgeous behind the scenes photos and I loved reading your account of what the course is like. The fourth photo of the model covered in paint is totally captivating. Really incredible! xx

Vix said...

Everything looks so deliciously tactile and I love the paint splattered skin in the fourth photograph.
I'm glad you've enjoyed it, whatever next? x

Noelle Chantal said...

Sounds exciting! There's always something mysterious about the process of styling, fashion production that makes my heart beat faster. :)

vint junky said...

The models look wonderful Sabine. Especially love the Marie Antoinette powered make up with the collar against her modern crop. I'm glad it was enjoyable in the end
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Cindy Whitehead said...

You always have the best attitude - like you said you learned some things, some things were not great/could have been taught better. but the point is you tried it! Way more than most people ever do in life! Yeah for you Sabine! I love what you are dog w/clothes

Fourth Daughter said...

I like how you have the vintage bakery vibe happening via the flour on the face of the first model!

TheMadTwins said...

Wow! These pictures are so wonderful. The styling is also so great!
fabulous post!

Veshoevius said...

Interesting! Its seems like it focuses more on "blue sky" fashion thinking than a kind of "dress well for your shape and what suits you". Which makes sense - fashion styling is the truly creative end of the scale. Thanks for sharing your opinion on and photos of the course.

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

So pleased to hear you had a ball, Sabine! Am so fond of the the images above especially the first two and the second to last one;-)

Fashionlass said...

It's been far too long since I last visited your blog, and there's so much amazing stuff I've missed!
Just wanted to say that these photos are beautiful.
I'm off to study fashion, so seeing these makes me even more excited.
Thanks for being an inspiration. :)