Millie Feroze meets British stylist, Angie Smith.
For two months last summer I was lucky enough to intern with London-based stylist, Angie Smith. With an impressive backlist of clients, including Holly Willoughby and Abbey Clancy, I was thrilled to have bagged this opportunity. It really provided a true insight into the highs, lows, rewards and challenges of daily life as a stylist, an area of the fashion industry that has always interested me. Before heading out of Angie’s gorgeous office, I squeezed in a quick interview with the lovely lady herself…
Q: How did you get into styling?
A: I did work experience on a magazine whilst I was at University and was offered the job of fashion assistant. I was there for five years assisting and left to pursue a freelance career in styling.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: Practical. I do a lot of running around so I’m always in trainers, jeans and a sweater.
Q: What does day-to-day life look like for you?
A: It’s always different which I absolutely love as there is never a dull moment.
Q: What is your favourite aspect of being a stylist?
A: Helping clients be the best version of themselves they can be. When you see that you’ve given someone that extra bit of confidence to go about their life it makes the job totally worth it.
Q: What is the most challenging part of being a stylist?
A: The hours can be long and unsociable so it’s important to have understanding family and friends.
Q: What would be your best piece of advice for anyone who wants to get into styling?
A: Find someone who’s career you admire and ask them if they offer internships or even if it’s possible to shadow them for the day. Be persistent, be interested, be on time, be willing to do what it takes to make that persons life a bit easier and you may just be asked to come back.
(Image below – Angie dressing Game Of Thrones actress Hannah Murray for 2016 SAG Awards)