Before I started working in the fashion industry (nearly 10 years ago), the term "stylist" didn't mean anything to me. A few years into my career as a fashion journalist, I realized the term "stylist" was a bit of a mystery to most people.I found myself declining styling opportunities, confused as to why writing about the fashion industry lead people to believe I had the skill and know-how to dress someone well. Hiring stylists for Poppy Barley's photo shoots over the last 3.5 years has proven to me that styling--successfully--is no easy career path. Talia Brown has been working as a personal and celebrity stylist for over a decade. From magazine editorials and online projects (she styled LOULOU's #366DaysOfLooks with Jessica Mulroney) to ad campaigns, TV shows and the TIFF red carpet, her portfolio of work has touched many facets of the Canadian fashion industry (check out her work on Behance; "It's not even up to date!" Talia tells us) and it's not slowing down. Here, Talia gets real about what it means to be a stylist, how to become one, and what it takes to make it in the Canadian fashion industry.
What It's Like to Work As a Stylist in Canada