What is Fashion Styling ? Those who master it, become our style Icons. It's how you put outfits together or how you make something look a certain way for a photo shoot. Styling gives the observer a visual reference and creates stories around design. It's how it all comes together to create a cohesive idea. Styling comes down to how you assemble a "look", making the end result more exciting than the sum of it's parts.
Grace Coddington is the perfect example of someone who really understands Styling. As the Creative Director at American Vogue, we see her in action, in the documentary film, The September Issue. The film chronicles the year it takes to produce the biggest issue (ever, at time the film was made) of Vogue Magazine. She goes about her work with conviction and unparalleled creativity as she produces some of the most beautiful and engaging editorials the magazine publishes. I highly recommend this film as a glimpse into the world of Fashion.
Over the holidays this year I got to do a little of my own wardrobe styling. Wanting to reduce my supply of fabric scraps and unable to tackle and bigger projects, I put a few outfits together for American Girl Dolls. We sew a lot of doll clothes in my sewing camps and it's actually so much fun. They come together fast and the result is pretty darling. It was really a joy to pick out all the fabrics and coordinate the clothing to create the outfits, you see in the images above.
It seems kind of silly to compare what I do, to what they do, over at American Vogue, but the reality is that it is just a different level of the same thing. We all participate in fashion and it's something we do with regularity, don't you think? We reach into our closets and put outfits together. There is a creativity to that & I encourage you to take action! Be creative, explore your style and have some fun.
I make sewing patterns for American Girl dolls, under my pattern label, Bonjour Teaspoon, but most of these clothes were made from Liberty Jane Patterns. You can find us both at Pixie Faire. The doll clothing itself is available in my etsy shop.
Until next time, Happy Sewing!