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.
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.
*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